Rev. Craig Rubano
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of [human beings] to elevate [their] life by a conscious endeavor. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Greetings, congregational family, as we start up a new program year, with co-ministry at the heart of our leadership! My expectation is that, in the months ahead, we’ll celebrate together, grieve together, discover together—but that what and whom and where and how will surprise us. What we can do is to put time and effort into ourselves, so that whatever comes to pass, we will be well prepared to meet our lives with some calm, some purpose, some good intention, some forgiveness, and, always, a healthy sense of wonder.
The end of September takes us into the High Holy Days of the Jewish calendar, days set aside for introspection, mending fences, reconciliation, turning toward a new tomorrow with the “conscious endeavor” spoken of by Thoreau. The dawn will come—of this we have little doubt; how we meet it—well, that depends in great part on us.
I look forward to greeting many of you I have yet to see! Together, let us greet the great gift we bestow on one another: another year of living together in spiritual community.