Reflections: January 2017

“Listening is a rare happening among human beings. You cannot listen to the word another is speaking if you are preoccupied with your own appearance, or with impressing the other, or are trying to decide what you are going to say when the other stops speaking, or are debating about whether what is being said is true or relevant or agreeable. Such matters have their place, but only after listening to the word as the word is being uttered. Listening is a primitive act of love in which a person gives themselves to another’s word, making themself accessible and vulnerable to that word.”

(William Stringfellow)

Welcome to the new year, the new opportunities, the chance to try once again where we have fallen short, in life, in love, in work, in friendship. For surely all of us have had those days when we wished we had been more present, more loving, more curious. To all of us, (yes, yes, me too!) what a joy it is to welcome in the new year.

The Transition Team and I have crafted a process for us to engage in the very listening and learning experience so many of us love and often crave in these days when the culture of the world promotes polarization and acrimony. We who are committed to our faith and our covenant know the importance of another way of being together. Of listening, of hearing, of caring, even when we experience things differently.

So, as a major step in this important period of transition, we are developing a congregational experience of house meetings through which we will listen carefully and by which we will set our course, not only for this transition time, but for the future and your future settled minister. In seven years MUUC will be fifty years old (as a merged congregation). What are your dreams for your church? How might MUUC be the same or different in 2024?

These are some of the questions we will be exploring in the congregation-wide house meetings that will be scheduled between January 28th and February 12. We need everyone’s input!

It is going to be a fun 2 ½ weeks with all of us engaged and talking about our experiences. So please be sure to keep alert, watch for notices and then your invitation. We want 100% participation. And if you are new, or for some other reasons did not get an invitation, let us know. We will find you a place. There will be a place for everyone.

Blessings,

Rev. Anita