Throughout the years, fall seems to catch me by surprise. By that I mean, the atmosphere seems to switch suddenly, from warmer, longer days to cooler and darker ones, with leaves and acorns carpeting our paths. I do realize that this seasonal change can provide positive effects, like crisper focus during the days and more comfortable sleeping through the nights. Of course, each of us responds to this transition in our own way, with diverse feelings, experiences and aspirations. I find that gathering in community helps me to find balance and support for many reasons.
By October, our congregational life has moved into a reliable rhythm of worship and programming for large and small groups that builds healthy relationships, connections, and opportunities. It’s important that we each play our part. I appreciate my role in serving the young people and the generous adults who guide children and youth in our congregation. I’m glad to report that, this fall, we have about 50 dedicated volunteers in leader teams. I thank everyone for their patience and flexibility in these early weeks as we adjust rooms, add to supplies, support volunteer staff, and attend to individual needs.
We know that these can be challenging times for people of all ages, navigating the clear call to pay attention and respond to daunting current events that question core values and require action. Busy school and work schedules, countless activities and programs for learning, relaxing, resisting, and justice-making abound. Parents certainly deal with busy schedules, their work; both inside and outside of the home, relentless social media, as well as hopes and dreams for their children and youth.
I’d like to hold up four daily communication times when there might be openings for parents to share faith-related ideas with their families. I have taken them from “Think Orange,” adapted by my colleague Tim Atkins. Many already do this. It’s a reminder.
Meal Time ~ teaching core values through sharing stories from your day.
Drive Time ~ chatting with light hearted dialogue about real life issues.
Bed Time ~ practicing rituals to deeply listen to struggles, fears and hopes. A time for calm processing.
Morning ~ coaching with encouragement to have faith in having a good day.
I’d like you to consider that the living tradition of Unitarian Universalism can accompany us as we move through our days, impacting the lives and priorities of our families as we care for one another and make changes in the broader community.
So, I am adjusting to the chill in the air and the earlier sunset. I look forward to sharing this time with you, your families and the greater community.
Cathy Seggel, Director of Religious Education