Gratitude & Joy

Bring to mind someone you care about, someone it is easy to rejoice for.
Picture them and feel the natural joy you have for their well-being, for their happiness and success.
With each breath, offer them your grateful, heartfelt wishes:
May you be joyful. 
-Jack Kornfield

Rev. Katie’s Animas View

Rev Katie Kandarian-Morris

Dear Ones,

Our theme for the month of December is “Opening to Joy.” I love how it’s named opening to rather than just joy. I think those words suggest the difficulties that exist in our lives and others’ and yet remind us to keep our hearts open.

Buddhist practioner Jack Kornfield’s “Meditation on Gratitude and Joy” is a reminder that our spiritual health is dependent on practice. What if we took some time this December, in between the holiday to-do lists, and sat with gratitude for yourself and others? How might we be changed?

With Gratitude For You

It was such a delightful celebration of ministry with you last Sunday–thank you for the beauty, kindness and generosity. Your magnanimous gift that will allow my family to take a much desired vacation (we haven’t been together since my son’s wedding in the fall of 2019) is an incredibly warmhearted gesture.

We’re frequently reminded by church systems types (like our UUA staff) to celebrate together as a congregation, and I was reminded that we had not celebrated in a long time. I recall standing at the Fair Grounds planning for a Stewardship Sunday for March of 2020 that never happened due to the pandemic. It is so good to be together in celebration. UUFD has much to celebrate.

I am grateful to you.

Come Sunday

Safety is a value so vaccination and N95 mask (available at UUFD) requirement is still in place for in-person worship.

Sunday’s worship celebrates the darkness, as we live in the days before the solstice. Marilyn Garst offers beautiful music, Bonnie Miller is volunteer worship associate, and this is my last Sunday in the pulpit.

Always in the Love,

The Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris