Ponderings of the Spiritual Life Director – October 30, 2019

Abundance is rooted in community, not individualism. Abundance is what is before our eyes, but we cannot see when we are blinded by greed.Terry Tempest Williams

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the message that Professor Howard Kerner delivered to us last Sunday. When he mentioned opening ourselves up to others as a way to expand our minds and accept the bigness of life, a way to increase our knowledge and understanding of existence, I instantly bridged this to our November worship theme of “Abundance”. Prof. Kerner was speaking to the theme of “Reverence” this past Sunday- reverence for one another. And when we have reverence for one another, and we are able to join together in community, as Terry Tempest Williams proclaims in the quote above, we find abundance.

Abundance of what? This is an interesting question to ponder as we work together to write a mission statement for ourselves that will flow out of our values of Love, Connection, and Transformation. It might help us to discern what our tangible end goals, rooted in our values and mission, should be. So, I’m asking you to think about what sort of abundance our community can gather as we seek to revere one another and open ourselves up to all the possibilities life has to offer.

Write me an email, send me a text, talk to me in person. Abundance of what? What should we have in abundance at UUCL? This community is better when we can all share our thoughts and ideas and create the beloved community.