May this flame,
symbol of transformation since time began,
fire our curiosity,
strengthen our wills,
and sustain our courage
as we seek what is good
within and around us.
I am “away” on study leave, gathered with the study group I’ve been part of for twenty years. We’re called the Malibu Study Group, because that is the location where the group originally met. In recent years, we’ve gathered at St. Dorothy’s Rest, a beautiful old camp and retreat center set in the redwoods of the Russian River of California.
But today it is a memory, because the last time we were there was a year ago this week. It was the last trip I took, the last time I ate out, making it home on the plane just as things were beginning to look dire in Washington state and on the cruise ship docked just off the San Francisco Bay. I’m having visceral anniversary memories.
But I’m imagining myself in this place I love and at the same time, thinking of you, as our group discusses the theology of our papers and settles into worship. Last night at our vespers, we listened to this piece, sung at the UUA General Assembly last June. I hope you enjoy it.
Two Hymnals Available
Would you like to purchase a gray hymnal to have at home? Email me and you can drop by my house to pick up your copy ($35). I’ll leave it on my porch for you if you let me know you’re coming by.
My colleague Lane Campbell and I are pleased to be celebrating our new book, published by Skinner House, This Day in Recovery. It is meant to be a resource for seekers touched by addiction. I think it is a wonderful tool appropriate for anyone who would like to deepen their spiritual practice. On March 21st, Sunday, I’ll be at the UUFD Drive Through Dazzle with signed copies available.
It’s Women’s History Month. This Sunday, we’re fortunate to have my colleague the Rev. Denise Cawley lead worship, and she’ll be introducing us to Florence Buck, a Unitarian woman you should know. Join us for worship this Sunday at 10am. Logon here.
Always in the Love,
The Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris