Abundance is not something we acquire; it’s something we tune into. ~Wayne Dwyer
November has always felt like a transitional time of year to me. We move from full-on fall to something sparser. I love watching the leaves fall from the trees and I have happily found time to hike in, no, soak, in the autumnal forests. I hope you have too. We are witnesses to the red, brown, orange and yellow foliage accumulating now on the forest floor. My soul is fed by finding time be part of the great circle of the seasons. So now, transition comes as the deciduous trees become bare and conifers stand, dark green, in contrast. Can you feel the changes?
Changes come to human communities too. We at Starr King UU Fellowship are changing the way we communicate to make our community more accessible through Simple Church (a church management software system). Technology is only a tool, but tools can be powerful. Our projector system is fully up and functional. It increases the possibilities for use of our fellowship for special events internally, communitywide, and in worship. Our community is not immune to challenges of change. Sometimes we are afraid that change will diminish what we appreciate about our fellowship. I see this as a healthy sign of just how much we love our community and each other. I want to encourage all of us to be mindful about how we move through our changes. How might we be aware that some take longer to learn and use new technologies? How might we step bravely into changes trusting our technology team and our board to have done the work to evaluate the changes? When we do this, we keep our relationships paramount and let the technology work for us.
Our Soul Matter’s Theme for this month is Abundance. On the surface the theme makes sense. November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving and for most of us food is abundant. But looking more closely at this theme, there is much more. It invites us to look at what feels scarce in our lives. Is it time? Is it love? Is it a sense of purpose? The theme also asks us to examine the stuff we accumulate, to explore if we own it or if it owns us. You can always check out our Soul Matters packets for yourself at http://starrkingfellowship.org/soul-matters/.
We have just completed a Pathways to Membership class and I’m delighted to report that we have five new members. The membership committee will be introducing you to them soon. I’m so pleased to be part of a dynamic, growing fellowship.
Finally, we are a community of abundant opportunity. Do check out the vespers service on November 10, Sarah Dan will join us to provide music at 6:00 p.m. Do check out the activities listed on our website and in this newsletter. Later this winter we’ll be offering an Adult religious education class on White Supremacy and more. What a rich place of connection. See you on Sunday!
In faith and love,