It rises from the heart of life, here and now, beating with joy and sorrow.
–John Buehrens & Rebecca Parker
Rev Katie’s Animas View
Last week many at UUFD gathered for an experimental parking lot worship. It had only few flaws, the main one being that the temperature was greater than what we had ordered. But it had some strengths, too. We saw each other, many of us for the first time in many months, and we met new people, who were coming to look for a spiritual home that could help make meaning in their life, could help be a community of promise, could locate a center for life’s mission.
Someone lit a candle for the sheer joy of being together in covenantal community. “Woot woot!”the cheers responded. And then there are silent candles, acknowledging a not quite readiness to return, even though having been vaccinated months ago. I hold with me Flower Communion creator Norbert Câpek’s language reminding us to treat each other like we treat our blossom, with kindness, tenderness, with a gentleness that reminds us that we have each been through a major life trauma, even when we have not been directly touched by death.
Resmaa Menakem, trauma therapist and author of My Grandmother’s Hands, reminds us that, “the body, not the thinking brain, is where we experience most of our pain, pleasure, and joy, and where we process most of what happens to us. It is also where we do most of our healing, including our emotional and psychological healing. And it is where we experience resilience and a sense of flow.”
Hope rises. We’ve got reason for finding hope, here and now.
Each week, we post worship on our website for those who were not able to attend, or for those who would like to go back and experience some of it again. You can find the video on the bottom right corner (scroll down) of the home page of our UUFD Website, or at the YouTube page of Durango UU Social Media. If you don’t see the most recent service posted yet, check back later in the week.
We will finish up our exclusively UUFD Zoom led worship this Sunday, at 10am, with Gratitude: The Divine Emotion. We’ll say an official good-bye to Sara Sautter, our Interim Director of Faith Formation, and express gratitude to each other for the really hard work done by so many that kept our congregation chugging during an exceedingly difficult year.
Remember, even when you are out of town, or don’t feel ready to in person, you can always logon here.
Always in the Love,