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Here find a house of welcoming, Here find vision and hope ,Here be received as you truly are Unique and beautiful ,Your journey acknowledged , Your love honored,
Let us rejoice together
Words by Unitarian Unversalist minister Rev Brugnola
The Rev. Dr Jim Macomber.
Jim has been part of the Unitarian Universalist movement since he was a boy in Ohio. He was a professor of Management at University of Tennessee before entering the seminary, at Vanderbilt University in 1997. Rev. Jim was ordained in 2001 and has served Unitarian Universalist Congregation, both large and small, in Nashville, TN, Los Alamos, NM, Stony Brook, NY, Atlanta, GA, and Southold, NY.
On My Mind . . .
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about choices, the choices we make as we go about our lives, the routine choices as well as the more complicated ones. We enjoy the freedom of having many choices in our society, more choices than in many other parts of the world. We are blessed!
With that freedom comes the responsibility to be wise as we make these choices. And I recognize that we need to be reminded of that responsibility from time to time. I remember an incident from several years ago at a congregation far away from here. After a lunch meeting in a conference room, I casually dropped my empty aluminum soda can into the trash can by the door. My mind was apparently elsewhere. Later, I returned to that room and found that someone—I don’t know who—had retrieved the can and placed it on the table. “Uh, oh,” I said to myself, and the can found its way to the proper recycling bin.
It was a gentle reminder—the best kind—to be wiser. We owe one another that gentleness, I think.
Similarly, we need to urge one another to exhibit wisdom about the more complicated choices we make. This year—and certainly into the next several years—members of this congregation are being asked to participate in a process of discernment. We need to develop plans, a vision, for the future of this congregation. One thing is for absolute certain: It cannot simply maintain the status quo. Choices must be made, and doing nothing will inevitably lead to the demise of this community of liberal faith.
We need to make wise choices, even as we see that choices present themselves on several levels. Before the process of making choices about congregational priorities can begin, members and friends must choose whether to participate in the process at all. I urge you to choose toparticipate, and to choose to be patient with the process, whatever it may be. There are a lot of voices to listen to around here, and listen we should. That is our UU way. And let us choose to be gentle with one another, for out of that gentleness come strength and commitment. Blessings,
Minister’s Tentative Office Hours for November 2017
Wednesday, November 1
Wednesday, November 8
Wednesday, November 15
Wednesday, November 29
Generally in the office around 11:00 am through 3:00 pm. Later if attending an evening meeting at UUCQ. Times and days are subject to change, so contact Rev. Jim for an appointment to be sure he’ll be available.
Call or text: 631-807-6333 email: firstname.lastname@example.org