Dear Ones- Our theme for the month of November is “Abundance”. Bart Frost, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association wrote: “In a world where almost everything is based on a transactional “fee-for-service” system, church is one place where things operate differently. A church shares its services with you joyfully, until you decide that you feel ready to give joyfully back. Giving is an important part of the mutual relationship we have with our churches and with all of the people in our faith.”
I love that sentence: “A church shares its services with you joyfully, until you decide that you feel ready to give joyfully back”. Isn’t that what we SHOULD be doing- giving joyfully?
I’m reminded of a conversation I had recently with someone where we realized that “scarcity” and “scared” are related. Now, I looked up the origin of both words, and they aren’t actually related linguistically (Scarcity comes from ancient French, scare comes from ancient Norse), but they are most definitely related in life.
Actual scarcity creates a very real fear that there won’t be enough to go around. When there is perceived scarcity, the same fear is provoked. As a result, we desperately try to hold on to what we have.
On the other hand, abundance creates an atmosphere of joy, of having “enough”. It is, almost by definition, a lack of fear.
And so sharing what we have joyfully is, I’m convinced, based on a feeling of abundance- a feeling that there is enough, that we have enough, that we ARE enough. It’s steeped in gratitude, and plenty, and generosity.
So this month we’ll be focused on that feeling of abundance in our services. We’ll start with a very special “Sundae Sunday” on November 3. Worship Associate Brandon Taylor and I will create a family service imagining our Seven Principles as a kind of “sundae”. Please join us for some fun!
On November 10, we hear about Salisbury’s “Housing First” initiative from Mayor Jake Day and Worship Associate Ron Pagano, and the important work of sheltering the homeless.
On November 17, W.A. Shane Blaz and I will look at “A Bun Dance” and consider everyday miracles. Some very special music will be provided by Salisbury University students Josh Dennis & Dylan Williams, who played so brilliantly for us last year.
On November 24, W.A. Page Kimball and Jennifer Small, Directory of the Food Bank of Delmarva will look at the amazing work that organization does to feed the hungry in our area. Our friends Katherine Munson and Silas Cascio will again be with us to provide some beautiful music.
Yes, November will be a month of abundance-Please join us! We’ll see you at the UU!
Wishing you peace and blessings,