Ministerial Musings

In late February many of us got to hear Rev. Rayna Hamre as a guest preacher at Tapestry. She spoke about her personal spiritual journey, including a deep dive in paganism. It was a great sermon and she felt a connection with our Tapestry community.

In early March, Rev. Rayna approached me about becoming an Affiliate Community Minister with Tapestry. Rev. Rayna is a Community Minister; she does most of her work in the wider community outside of a UU congregation. Her community ministry consists of teaching courses on Pagan spirituality and doing social justice work on the issue of homelessness. She also works part-time as the membership director at Long Beach Unitarian Universalist Church. While they serve the wider world, Community Ministers are required to maintain a relationship with a particular congregation to stay grounded in our UU tradition. Rev. Rayna would like that congregation to be Tapestry.

The Board met with Rev. Rayna at our April meeting and voted to move forward with exploring this affiliation. The final step will be for Tapestry members to vote on affirming a covenant of affiliation at our annual business meeting in June. Before that, we want as many people as possible to get a chance to meet her. On Thursday May 16th from 6:00-7:30pm, everyone is invited for a brown bag dinner and casual meet and greet with Rev. Rayna.

You are probably wondering about some of the nuts and bolts of what Affiliation involves. If the congregation votes to affirm an affiliation status, Rev. Rayna will preach for us once each year without charge and she will invite Tapestry to work with her in advocating for the rights of our neighbors without homes. Also, when she appears in public or in writing in her community ministry, she may identify herself as affiliated with Tapestry. From our end, we will support Rev. Rayna with a few members of a Committee on Shared Ministry to help give feedback on her work. There is no financial obligation for Tapestry in this arrangement. Affiliation is not a permanent commitment, but a relationship that gets renewed annually by the congregation and the minister.

The ways we become clergy and the ways clergy relate to congregations are sometimes complicated. Twelve years into ministry I have learned to appreciate those processes, as they foster healthy ministry and congregations. Rev. Rayna and I are glad to answer any questions you have about the process or about the vision of how this might unfold. I hope you can join us for the meet and greet on May 16 and for the annual meeting June 9.

Sincerely,
Rev. Kent


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Minister's Seminars

 
I Am Not Your Negro

Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Baldwin was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, social critic, and the author of more than twenty books. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey through the life and mind of Baldwin, whose voice speaks even more powerfully today than it did 50 years ago. This book is based on a film by the same title. The film is a great place to start your exploration.

To fully participate, please read the book in advance of this discussion.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent rev@tapestryuu.org .

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Oryx and Crake

Monday, June 3, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

This novel, the first in Margaret Atwood's dystopian trilogy, is a dark and thought-provoking ride. Atwood, an avid environmentalist, creates a believable world where climate change accelerates with cataclysmic consequences. In order to fully participate in the discussion, please read the book in advance.

To fully participate, please read the book in advance of this discussion.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent rev@tapestryuu.org .

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