Happy New Year to one and all! 2017 was an eventful year, bringing so many experiences and emotions to each of you in your own lives, to Accotink UU Church, and to our world. Now, even before we have had time to absorb it all, the New Year is upon us, and 2018 calls to us.
May this year be one that we approach with intentionality, as Abraham Lincoln said, that we may be “touched by the better angels of our nature.” Our worship themes for the winter are Justice and Love. I will be leading a small group to invite us into deeper consideration of what those qualities mean in our lives and our church. We will also be asked to join in the process discerning Accotink’s covenant, what we promise to one another. And the Transition Team and I will continue to ask people, “What makes you come alive? What do you love?” Think about these things, and let your answers guide your pathway into this New Year!
Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles
The month of December is intense for many of us: a mixture of emotions and memories, and usually an over-full calendar of parties and celebrations, and extra rehearsing and shopping preparing for the Holidays. I encourage everyone to keep breathing deeply, and to take time to look for little things, signs of hope, moments of peace, glimmers of love.
I hope to see many of you at our worship services this month, and the December 2 “Ease into the Season” get-together. Good ways to center and find inspiration.
And this month will also offer us chances to live out the ideals of the season – “peace on earth, goodwill to all.” See below for descriptions of showing solidarity with children (Dec. 3 Outreach for Beacon House and Dec. 10 meal-packing for hungry children); with people who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender (Dec 5 witness at the Supreme Court); with victims of gun violence (Dec. 14 witness at the NRA headquarters).
While this month is filled with messages which may not ring true to you – “be of good cheer!” and “buy, buy, buy!” – may you find your own pathway to acknowledging the darkness, finding hope in little things, and reaching out to others. Then may the peace of winter solstice enter your hearts.