From Our Director of Congregational Life
Well, I am back in school at a serious pace. 3 courses – social activism, pastoral formation, and the gospel of Matthew. Great profs and looking forward to getting started following the first week’s talks about flow and introductions. I am very excited to get going yet I enjoyed having the month of August off from school.
This month’s theme is hospitality. I cannot tell you how excited we are about the garden dedications and the 70th anniversary celebration on September 10, 2023. Please try to come personally if you are able and feel comfortable. It will be a short service followed by a potluck lunch with cake. The flower garden will be dedicated to the memory of Drs. Bill and Amelia Wehlau and the vegetable garden will be dedicated to Allan Grose who will be attending!
Lots of plans are underway for the September – June year. Worship Weavers has a great lineup till December and the Religious Exploration Program will be underway formally in October. Thanks to all for their contributions
Adult RE is planning a sermon-writing class this year, and more news will follow.
The COM (Communications, Outreach, and Membership) is well underway and you will notice a new presence on Facebook. Our posts will be done by Suzanah and we owe her many thanks along with other members who will keep our media up to date. Jennifer will do the website, and Ann will do the Meetup page. I will try to forward special days of the month in the Chalice and also filter interesting things from Facebook affiliations with other UU organizations and the CUC.
Thank you to all the volunteers who keep our fellowship running smoothly. It is a lot of work and we thank you for your efforts! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
“Hospitality should have no other nature than love.”
– Henrietta Mears
“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”
– Henri J.M. Nouwen
“True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person.”
“There is no hospitality like understanding.”
– Vanna Bonta
“A soul of hospitality and a heart of humanity is a house of love, peace, freedom, liberty, and justice.”
– Auliq Ice