Love Carried Out

Dearest UUCMCers,

I am still stunned and amazed at our decision to go forward with an experiment in co-ministry this coming year. To be clear, it is the strength of your support for Rev. Craig Rubano and me that shakes me up. In a world that is as demoralizing and corrupted as ours seems to be these days, we just made something good and hopeful happen. Your good and generous hearts did that.

Your energy and enthusiasm, and just plain and simple love, is infectious. I feel lucky to be a part if this community and lucky to share this ministry with every one of you. I really do look forward with hope to what comes next. Today, all I can really say is thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for embracing the possibilities. Thank you for generating more hope and love in our small corner of the world.

May your enthusiasm be highly infectious and catch us all being the Love the world needs right now!

Yours in faith,

Rev. Virginia

April 2019

Theme: Wholeness

My father is a professor and I learned from him that you don’t really know something until you teach it to another. We don’t really know our own wholeness until we see the wholeness of another or work to serve wholeness in our world. Wholeness, a sense of our own fullness, a spiritual realization of our own strength and beauty, is given when we give of ourselves…  We heal our own aches by healing the aches in others. We put back the pieces of our own souls by helping others redeem their own wholeness.  ~ Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other. ~ Luciano De Crescenzo

He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him in! ~ Edwin Markham

One cannot live in the world; that is, one cannot become, in the easy, generalizing sense with which the phrase is commonly used, a “world citizen.” There can be no such thing as a “global village.” No matter how much one may love the world as a whole,  one can live fully in it only by living responsibly in some small part of it. Where we live and who we live there with define the terms of our relationship to the world and to humanity. We thus come again to the paradox that one can become whole only by the responsible acceptance of one’s partiality.  ~ Wendell Berry

Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. Knowing this gives me hope that human wholeness — mine, yours, ours — need not be a utopian dream, if we can use devastation as a seedbed for new life. ~ Parker Palmer

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Finding yourself’ is not really how it works. You aren’t a ten-dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right here, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. ‘Finding yourself’ is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you. ~ Emily McDowell

It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself. ~ Betty Friedan