Ministerial Musings

I want to take this opportunity send you a belated Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, Joyous Solstice, and Happy New Year. For many years of ministry I have taken the holiday season as an opportunity to write cards to members and friends of the congregation I serve. It is a chance to spend a few minutes thinking of each person and offer a small personal touch. This December there was simply too much on my plate to get those cards written. Rest assured you were not forgotten or removed from the list. I just decided to heed my own advice and step back from the crazy-making holiday blitz. Writing holiday cards is a tradition that I enjoy and plan to resume next year.

Just on the tail of the holiday season Tapestry will celebrate a special day of our own. January 6 is the anniversary of our first worship service at Birtcher. We have had a full year of ministry here and the building is serving us really well. There is enough space for our children and youth to separate into age-appropriate classrooms. The sanctuary is beautiful, and we can actually hear what is being said from the pulpit. We are still working out some kinks in the kitchen but it is already way, way better than anything we have had in the past. The bold decision making, generosity and hard work have paid off. More than just serving as a comfortable home now, this building will be stand for decades as a whole generation of UUs come to know it as their spiritual home.

Moving and settling in have consumed a huge portion of our energy. The question naturally arises, “What now?” The Comprehensive Planning Committee is working hard to deeply understand Tapestry’s core values and to cast a vision for our future in Orange County. That sounds much simpler than it is. Have you ever tried to answer the question, “Why does a UU church exist?” It’s a big question with a bunch of different answers. Thank you for your participation and your patience with Comprehensive Planning Committee’s process. We are all looking forward to the annual meeting in June when we will have a full report from the committee for the congregation to approve.

Happy Holidays! What a Year!

Rev. Kent


Minister's Seminars

“Two Years Before the Mast”

by Richard Henry Dana

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Tracing an oceanic route from Boston, around Cape Horn, to the California coast, Two Years Before the Mast is an eloquent, insightful account of life at sea in the early nineteenth century. Richard Henry Dana was only nineteen when he left the comforts of Boston for the dangerous voyage. “The Pilgrim,” a full sized replica of the boat from this book is anchored in Dana Point Harbor.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent .

“Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor”

by James J. O'Connell

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Dr. O'Connell's collection of stories and essays, written during thirty years of caring for homeless persons in Boston, gently illuminates the humanity and raw courage of those who struggle to survive and find meaning and hope while living on the streets. Please read the book to fully participate in the conversation.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent .