I'm really enjoying not teaching RE this fall. I love the curriculum, I love the kids, and I love Margaret (our RE director) but I also love hearing sermons. When I chose to attend church as an adult, I initially made that decision because I wanted to give my kids a spiritual framework. I also wanted a free thinking group of folks who could band together when we saw injustice in the world and make a difference. Of course, the UU's spend a lot of time thinking about which particular injustice should get our time and resources but we always eventually land on something. I have said before that every Sunday I attend I end up singing and crying. Without fail. That is worth the price of admission on it's own. As I was crying this week, I had the thought that crying is soul work because we are opening up and letting wisdom/emotion/pain flow through. It is often tears of joy but not always. I also had the thought that crying is not about weakness and that our culture has that wrong.
But there is more.....this Sunday a group of parishioners spoke about what they believe. All ages, all races, and all cultural backgrounds. The youngest is 12 and the oldest in her 60's. All spoke from the heart about the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions (12), believing in the unlimited potential of the human race (16), and the extraordinary in the ordinary (60's). The stories were inspirational and the honesty and openness, inspiring.
Changes are happening in my beloved community. I am on the committee to find candidates for an interim ministerial position. Judith is retiring to pursue her own spiritual quest. She was the perfect minister for me and so many others. I can't imagine anyone else as my spiritual teacher and then I receive a teaching from a 12 year old.
As I grapple with Judith's last year of ministry with us, I promise to stay open to the new possibilities. I also promise to do my best at finding balanced candidates to help us bridge the gap as we let go of the known and move toward the unknown.
This guy plays it better: