Greetings to you this December!
I pray that you and yours are well and that you have what you need.
We have entered what many faith traditions call the season of light, which is a time to consider the longer stretches of night as an invitation towards restorative, introspective waiting. This can be challenging amid all the holiday bustle and yet now, more than ever, we need to make time to still ourselves in the midst of it all. I hope you will join us for worship on Sunday where I plan to explore the possibilities of wait, and the beautiful symbolism to be found throughout this time of Advent.
These past weeks I have enjoyed reflecting with staff and lay leaders around how we cultivate meaningful and safe ways to gather in the weeks ahead. This has required us all to ask ourselves what is needed now? so that we can attempt to meet the moment with intention and presence. And even more importantly, meet the moment in a way that befits our faith. I recently met with leaders of the church to talk about safety measures for in-person gatherings and was proud of the steadiness and care that was taken in their recommendations. One congregant spoke about safety protocols as being about us ministering to one another. It’s wisdom like this that reminds me of the blessed-ness that is this our shared ministry, and how very precious and vital it is. Particularly in days such as these. You will be hearing more about these conversations over the coming weeks as we look to your voices for further guidance. I am certain we will continue to meet the moment with collective clarity and purpose!
And I am proud of what we have envisioned for this holiday season. You will find that there are many ways to gather this month and I hope they will offer you both hearty fun, as well as time to rest, reflect, and even mourn. You will notice that we will not be offering a Sunday service on December 26th. In the spirit of what is needed now? it became clear that staff and the many volunteers that are currently needed to make multi-platform worship possible, needed a break. As the date gets closer you will receive some links to other offerings for that Sunday that I hope you will find nourishing.
As always, reach out if you are feeling alone or disconnected. And know, as I say in my benedictions to you, that in this place you will always find the hands of friends waiting to welcome you home.
In faith and with love,
Reverend Sophia Lyons
Rev. Sophia is committed to radical welcome and spreading the good news that is our bold Unitarian Universalist faith. Some of her areas of interest include interfaith partnerships, addictions ministry, spiritual direction, and working towards collective liberation for all. Rev. Sophia aspires to live her life and fulfill her ministry guided by spiritual seeking, big love, and the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism.