Message from the Minister

A team of volunteers is working hard to reopen Tapestry safely and smoothly on June 20th. There are many details to get ironed out. As I observe this tornado of change, I know that many of you are also navigating a huge number of new choices in this time of transition.

Let us remember that this is a good problem. When life presents an overwhelming number of options, I try to remember that these are all competing goods. The opportunity to shift away from the strictest measures of social distancing is a blessing. These choices are the fruit of tremendous scientific achievement. Also, we are privileged to live in a country that is able to fund the research, production and distribution of vaccines. So, let us remember that these choices that can seem overwhelming, are in fact a blessing.

Our themes in worship couldn’t have come at a better time. May’s theme was Acceptance and June’s theme is Care for the Soul. As we face the choices about how we will adjust our lifestyles again, let’s take a deep breath. We accept that there are no perfect answers to the questions we face. We accept that other people may maintain stricter protocols than we find necessary. We accept that there will be bumps and challenges along the way. Being human is not an exercise in perfection. And being human together is always an adventure.

And Care for the Soul… We have been through a lot. Economic uncertainly, isolation, and fear for our safety have all shaped our lives in the past year. As the clouds begin to clear, some of the feelings that have been pushed under the surface may begin to emerge. So, please be gentle with yourselves and with each other. We are recovering from a global traumatic event. Even though baseball games and concerts will resume, the emotional toll of COVID will be with us for quite a while. The task is to be honest about what we have been through and celebrate joy wherever it emerges.

Sincerely,
Rev. Kent


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Minister's Seminars

 

“An Indigenous People’s History of the United States”

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

June, 2021

Selected as a UUA Common Read for 2020, this book offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire. With growing support for movements such as the campaign to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the Dakota Access Pipeline protest led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, this book provides historical threads that are crucial for understanding the present. Dunbar-Ortiz artfully challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. Available at the UUA Bookstore.

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

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“Silence in the Age of Noise ”

by Erling Kagge

July, 2021

In this astonishing and transformative meditation, a famed Norwegian explorer and the first person to reach the South Pole alone, explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to our sanity and happiness—and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. Available at Amazon.

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


“Tightrope: Americans Reaching For Hope”

by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn

August, 2021

Tightrope addresses the crisis in working-class America while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure. Drawing us deep into an “other America,” the authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the people with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon. While these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia. Available at Amazon.

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