The Growing Edge

All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born;
all around us life is dying and life is being born.

-Howard Thurman

Rev Katie’s Animas View

Dear Ones,

Rev Katie Kandarian-Morris

Civil Rights theologian Howard Thurman wrote,”Look well to the growing edge! All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new leaves, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is the growing edge! It is the extra breath from the exhausted lung, the one more thing to try when all else has failed, the upward reach of life when weariness closes in upon all endeavor. This is the basis of hope in moments of despair, the incentive to carry on when times are out of joint and men have lost their reason, the source of confidence when worlds crash and dreams whiten into ash. The birth of the child — life’s most dramatic answer to death — this is the growing edge incarnate. Look well to the growing edge!” 

Nearby, Durango Fire and Rescue is “mopping up” the Barn Roof Fire as they have named the lastest fire in our area that has brought smoke and particulates to our area. We’re fortunate to have had a summer with good monsoon weather. But in California, they’ve just had the largest wildfire in the state’s history, the Dixie Fire–much too close to my daughter’s house for my comfort.

But it isn’t just proximity to my family that concerns me. It’s the increasing climate emergency. We’ll need to not only be driving more efficient cars, eating less meat, purchasing less, but urging our government to bring the interdependent web back into balance.

In the meantime, look well to the growing edge.


Pine Song Worship and Picnic

Mark your calendar for August 29th when we’ll gather at the property of Ken and Lois Carpenter by the banks of the Pine River for worship (we’ll begin at 10:30am) and a picnic (bring your own lunch). No internet access there, so we’ll be in person only, and out of doors.

Take County Road 501 until just before you reach the Vallacito Resevoir. You’ll see the sign at the Pine Song gate on the right.


Come Sunday

What an incredible Summer Series we had! Please thank our Worship Associates and all our member pulpit guests, all who were incredible.

This week, we’ll welcome my friend and colleague the Rev. Lucas Hergert, who is gifting us his sermon from Deerfield, Illinois. He’ll be on the screen. Tim Miller, Worship Associate and I will take the rest of the service elements in person from the sanctuary. Lucas will be sharing his love of Kurt Vonnegut (Unitarian).

Bring your own beverage for coffee time on the patio. To join us online, logon here.


Always in the Love,

The Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris