Love Carried Out

“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” ~ Maya Angelou

That is the simple truth and yet, something about it is awfully familiar. I am still me and you are still you. The struggle and joy of everything still fills me.

As June has a way of reminding me, everything is changing. The graduations, the transitions and anniversaries, and the explosion of summer expectations are beautiful and troubling. The world does not stop spinning and neither do I. As seasons shift so does the pace of congregational life. But I think I still need to come to UUCMC to deal with all of it, and to know I am not alone in the struggle. And, there are some good things to savor. Here is my list of beautiful UU things:

  • We will mobilize to fight for reproductive justice as our values are under attack again.
  • Your generosity in supporting this congregation and these values.
  • The creative and kind people I get to work with.
  • Gratitude for another year of good ministry with you.
  • A new chapter beginning! July brings the start of co-ministry!

Keeping the faith all year,

Rev. Virginia

June 2019

Theme: Beauty

At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. ~ Toni Morrison in Tar Baby

In each moment, expect a miracle: ten kinds of birds at the feeder, and the tracks of a fox in the snow. Pick up a magnifying glass and scrutinize that crocus… Be astonished at the flower, arrested by its beauty. Run naked through the garden early in the morning and hope the wild geese fly by. ~ Elizabeth Tarbox

Beauty has no function, no utility… It greases no wheels, it bakes no puddings. It is a gift of sheer grace, a gratuitous largesse. It must imply behind things a Spirit that enjoys beauty for its own sake and that floods the world everywhere with it… Our joy in it shows that we are in some sense kindred to the giver and revealer of it. ~ Rufus Jones

The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty always has rules. It’s a game. I resent the beauty game when I see it controlled by people who grab fortunes from it and don’t care who they hurt. I hate it when I see it making people so self-dissatisfied that they starve and deform and poison themselves. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin

Human beings have a hard time regarding anything beautiful without wanting to devour it. ~ Barbara Brown Taylor