Sharing Our Passion
Sitting in my warm house on a frigid winter night at the beginning of a new year, I can’t help but contemplate 2017. I’ve been thinking of the struggles that I have had this last year; I’ve had my share and I know others have too. Sometimes life feels very difficult, especially in the dead of winter when the temperatures are below zero, and just doing your daily routine feels like too big a chore.
So, what keeps us going when things feel tough?
For me, it is the people who surround me—our beloved community. Our UUSG congregation is a shining example of being there for each other. We live the second principle, which is that we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. From warmly welcoming every person who comes through the door, to sitting at coffee hour talking with an old friend or someone you haven’t met before, to feeding hungry people at our Welcome Table meals. These are the things that our congregation does best.
In my reflection, I was also thinking about the conversation we had with Karen Bellevance-Grace, the UUA staff member who helps support small congregations in New England. She talked with us about finding our passion. I believe our passion is to build community. Many of us extend our ideas of building community outside of the walls of UUSG and strive to make our community a better place to live. We must share our passion with those around us, even if they do not enter our church, and continue to build and grow our caring community.
Thank you for your passion and caring.
Executive Committee Chair