The worship theme for May is Acceptance. Talking with the worship committee, we generated a long list of things in life that we struggle to accept. One topic that I won’t have time to preach about, but touches all of our lives is accepting our own bodies.
In the past month several elders have talked about their struggles with aging. More than the pain or decreased ability, they talk about the frustration of experiencing decline. I don’t have any great wisdom to share with you. Perhaps that’s because I have not experienced that struggle, and perhaps there is no real answer. I have observed a few things though.
Everyone has, or will struggle with an aging body. Often, personal struggles make us feel alone. And, when we struggle sometimes we tend to isolate ourselves out of exhaustion or embarrassment. But, you are not alone. In different ways countless elders have shared with me their frustration and fear about aging. You are not alone and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Speaking for a younger generation, your courage is actually really inspiring.
I have also heard elders talk about intentionally slowing down. Sometimes the body doesn’t move as fast as the mind, or vice versa, so you have to be extra cautious. Life moves at a slower speed as we age. If there is something to be gained from growing older, it is an opportunity to cultivate patience and compassion for our self. Those are hard lessons. And those two things, patience and compassion for our self, are two of the most profound spiritual gifts we can achieve in this life.
All our lives we depend on these imperfect bodies. From time to time hopefully we can accept them as a gift.
LAGUNA BEACH UU/TAPESTRY COLLABORATION
Some of you may have heard me give updates from the pulpit about our collaboration with the UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach. Tapestry’s board has approved the covenant and the UUFLB Board elected to recommend to their congregation that we enter into the covenantal partnership with Tapestry. A detailed agreement will spell out the specifics of what each congregation will provide to the collaboration, and will include Tapestry live streaming of our service twice a month to UUFLB starting in April 2017. Plans are underway for a joint potluck celebration in the New Year. We will be considering the many opportunities this collaboration holds for extending the reach of our good works in South Orange County and beyond. Lynn Cowan, President
UPCOMING PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITIES
Monday May 1 – 6:30 pm Minister’s Seminar
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
In this historically inspired novel, Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring King David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.
Monday June 5 – 6:30-8:00 pm
‘The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear” by Rev Dr. William J. Barber II
At a time when divide-and-conquer politics are exacerbating racial strife and economic inequality, Rev. Barber offers an impassioned, historically grounded argument that suggests an embryonic Third Reconstruction in America. The first Reconstruction briefly flourished after Emancipation, and the second Reconstruction ushered in meaningful progress in the civil rights era. But both were met by ferocious reactionary measures that severely curtailed, and in many cases rolled back, racial and economic progress. This Third Reconstruction is a profoundly moral awakening of justice-loving people united in a fusion coalition powerful enough to reclaim the possibility of democracy—even in the face of corporate-financed extremism.
Tapestry Annual Camping Out – April 28-30 at Casper’s Wilderness Park
Casper’s Wilderness Park is an 8,000 acre protected wilderness preserve nestled among the river terraces and sandstone canyons of the western coastal Santa Ana Mountains. The park’s many fertile valleys are overtly complemented by specimen groves of native Coastal Live Oak and magnificent stands of California Sycamore. http://ocparks.com/parks/ronald/.
Casper’s Wilderness Park is about a 30 minute drive from Tapestry. If you are not a camper, consider joining us for the day on Saturday. If you are thinking of camping, but don’t have equipment or camping experience, there are plenty of seasoned campers ready to help you out.
To make the trip even easier, we will coordinate meals for breakfasts and dinners. You are on your own for lunch. So that we can plan the best trip possible, please RSVP to Katelynn Riva as soon as possible firstname.lastname@example.org / 949-581-0245. The cost will divided among campers. No matter how you slice it, it is a bargain.