Suddenly Darkness

Blessed is the dark, in which our dreams stir and are revealed.

-Amy Zucker-Morganstern

Rev Katie’s Animas View

Dear Ones,

Rev Katie Kandarian-Morris

I’m planning on preaching about the darkness on the day leading to the solstice (Dec 19). And yet, suddenly, over a month before we reach the darkest time, the longest night, I feel like I’m in a place that is longer and darker than any other time.

Every conversation begins with either comments about how difficult it is to adjust to the time change (even though we’ve only moved an hour, it feels like we’ve time-warped to 3am) or how Covid is impacting our lives. Then even when the conversation begins with the weather, I’m hearing acknowledgement of climate change and an existential anxiety.

I love the darkness, but I’m admitting to myself that it can often feel like a difficult time, a time of introspection and quiet, a time to feel the struggles of the world (that are being manifested right here in my life). I’ve been reading about trauma-informed worship and the metaphor of the “trauma landscape.” How do I make space for my traumas?

This sudden shift into darkness (unlike the daily, gradual shift we reach at the solstice) whacks us into another trauma. May we be gentle with ourselves in these days. May we be gentle with others whom we meet.


Join Us

Listening Circles, the Healthy Congregation Committee invites you to R.S.V.P. for this Sunday at 9am to meet on Zoom. Share your feelings about UUFD and your place in it; listen to others.


Come Sunday

With Covid positivity numbers in our area increasing, the UUFD Board of Trustees has reinstated the N95 mask requirement for in-person worship.

As we continue the theme, “Holding History,” the Healthy Congregation Committee will consider the covenantal gift of listening. Join us in person, or online here.

Always in the Love,

The Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris