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Wednesday Reflections

WEDNESDAY REFLECTIONS

April 12, 2017
 
In just two months, on June 11, we will resume worship services at Unity Temple! 

 

There will be a series of celebrations to mark our return to our building. On June 10, our congregation is invited to be the first to view the building with a brief Blessing Ceremony followed by an opportunity to walk through and explore our worship home. Members are welcome to come for the opening blessing or arrive for a walk-through. There will be opportunities to bless our various spaces as you walk through the building.

 

On June 17, there will be a public "Celebration of the Restoration of Unity Temple" hosted by Unity Temple Restoration Foundation that includes a Ribbon Cutting and a Civic Ceremony. The Ribbon Cutting will be at 9:45am. The Civic Ceremony following will require RSVPs as it will include congregational leadership, the architectural community, and community leaders in our region. In the afternoon, the building will be open to a public walk-through. If you would like to help UTRF with this event, please let me know.

 

On October 1, we will hold our Re-dedication of the building. This will be the opportunity for us to publicly hold up our mission and the relationships we as a congregation have with the wider community. If you would like to help plan this event, please be in touch with me!

 

This month our theme is TRANSFORMATION. What does it mean to be a Community of Transformation?

 

Our Christian sisters and brothers are celebrating Holy Week. It is a time to prepare for transformation. May the following readings be of support and nourishment.
Warmly,

Rev. Alan Taylor

 

 

  

In my own worst seasons I've come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window. And then another: my daughter in a yellow dress. And another: the perfect outline of a full, dark sphere behind the crescent moon. Until I learned to be in love with my life again. Like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills, I have taught myself joy, over and over again.
- Barbara Kingsolver
 
 
The Healing Time 
Finally on my way to yes
I bump into
all the places
where I said no
to my life
all the untended wounds
the red and purple scars
those hieroglyphs of pain
carved into my skin, my bones,
those coded messages
that send me down
the wrong street
again and again
where I find them
the old wounds
the old misdirections
and I lift them
one by one
close to my heart 
and I say   holy  holy.
- Pesha Gertler
 
 
Oh my God, what if you wake up some day and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn't go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It's going to break your heart. Don't let this happen. Repent just means to change direction - and NOT to be said by someone who is waggling their forefinger at you. Repentance is a blessing. Pick a new direction and aim for that. Shoot the moon. 
- Annie Lamott