Ministerial Musings

Wow, is it ever time for a fresh start. January 1, 2021 is not a magical day. COVID will not yet be in our rear-view mirror, and we will not yet have wrapped up the extraordinarily chaotic transition of presidential power. Still, at least to me, it feels like change is in the air. The vaccine is getting distributed and plans are underway for a new administration.

While we can see and feel possibilities, the changes we are looking forward to are going to take some time. Waiting for change to come to us is not always the best strategy in life. Creating change is usually more fruitful than waiting for it.

On January 3, I will preach on spiritual disciplines. That is, however, a few days after the start of the year. As a head start on that sermon, I want to invite you to consider taking on some daily discipline for the month of January. It may be meditation, walking, journaling, reading or any other small task that brings focus to heart and mind. I will focus on a daily journaling exercise, a sort of review of the day.

There is no magic to the new year. But I believe that we can make our own magic through setting our intention, taking action, and persisting through the challenges. Let’s MAKE this new year the best it can be.

Sincerely,
Rev. Kent


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Minister's Seminars

 
“The Book of Delights”

by Ross Gay

Monday, January 4, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

This collection of short essays is a record of the small joys we often overlook in our busy lives. Among Gay’s funny, poetic, philosophical delights: a friend’s unabashed use of air quotes, cradling a tomato seedling aboard an airplane, the silent nod of acknowledgment between the only two black people in a room. But Gay never dismisses the complexities, even the terrors, of living in America as a black man or the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture or the loss of those he loves. More than any other subject, though, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world - his garden, the flowers peeking out of the sidewalk, the hypnotic movements of a praying mantis. Available at uuabookstore.org. Online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2925414573 or by phone at 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 292 541 4573

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

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“Evicted”

by Matthew Desmond

February 2021

This new book follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America’s most devastating problems. Its scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

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

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