Rev. Sophia in black robe with white stole stands in front of church buildingGreetings Church Family!

I pray that you and yours are well and have what you need these days.

The start of the church year is upon us, and I feel a holy thrum beginning to reverberate in these walls. Maybe it’s my own excitement, but I sense these walls also await your arrival with anticipation and joy! This newsletter is a full one. Please take the time to read each section as they all contain important information, updates and asks that your staff and lay leaders have worked hard to compile. I invite you to read these communications as you would a prayer–for nothing happens in this church that isn’t soul work. I am so impressed by the ways that you find meaning in all that you do and bring to this congregation. Might this be a year that you bring your gifts to us? Or faithfully say ‘yes’ to the soulful work that is service here? I hope you will take the time to consider this.

This year’s theme is Sowing the Seeds. What does this mean exactly? I don’t know! It’s something I hope to explore and cultivate with you as a living expression of our shared ministry.  Some questions I am asking are: What seeds were planted long ago that brought us to this moment? What areas of this parish need sustenance, weeding, rotation, pruning or harvesting? What new seeds might we want to plant that future parishioners, leaders and ministers will be nourished by? I think it’s a beautiful metaphor to guide us in all areas of church life–particularly as we envision who we are becoming together. I hope you will share what comes up for you when you consider this.

And speaking of ‘sharing’, this is also a continued year of finding our way home to one another. I realize that in-person gatherings are not possible for everyone, and I honor your decisions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. I also hope you will reach out to me and share what might be keeping you from returning to church. Like our seeds, we have become scattered, and this can be a wonderful thing–for it expands the blessing of our garden!–but I have still not met many of you, and I worry that some of you have drifted too far. The pandemic has changed how communities gather, and this church has adapted to these changes in beautiful ways, and it’s vital to the continued thriving of this church that we talk about what we need to feel connected, rooted, to this sacred place and people. Let’s keep this conversation alive!

It continues to be an honor and joy to serve as your minister. The beauty and blessing of this church–YOU–takes my breath away.

In faith and with love,
Rev. Sophia

Reverend Sophia Lyons
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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.