Hug Meeting: Rev Jill Carey 9/15/21

This article is an edited repost of the September 1 article to remind you of the upcoming HUG meeting. Please keep an eye out for the date.

Dear Friends,

Wednesday night’s Zoom class, “Spiritual Economics,” continues to reveal the continuing need that we have to connect with one another. What a comfort it is to open our hearts a little and to feel seen by others! What a way to experience God through that presence in them! I know how difficult it has been to be without the physical presence of our companions in this spiritual community. That we have been skillfully learning how to live our more isolated lives during a pandemic hardly makes up for the longing we have to be with each other. Even if you are distant from Wimberley or prefer a more introverted way of living, we have all been affected by the physical (and political) distancing that has been visited upon us. We have probably taken for granted the rituals of celebrating and grieving---it is normal and traditional to do these with each other!

There have been many changes and passages in our church and that we’ve not been able to process in person. The closing of the doors March 2020, and again just recently (and temporarily). The closing of the pool in order to preserve aquifer waters. The cessation of most of our social activities. The rise of online-only services and classes. The death of beloved congregants. The loss of loved ones to COVID and other causes. The birth of babies. Birthdays and weddings and anniversaries. World events that beg for collective perspective and understanding.

And now we are holding our collective breaths as COVID rapidly moves through children, teachers, and staff in schools. IT’S A LOT. To that end:

CONGREGATION-WIDE H.U.G. (Help Unity Grow) MEETING SOON!

Keep an eye out for the upcoming date for the Zoom meeting that will allow you the opportunity to connect with more people that you know and love, have your say about how UoW can serve you best, and process some of the BIG feelings that you’ve had over the last 18 months. You will receive some questions in advance for your consideration and to add some direction and structure to the meeting. And don’t worry, if you can’t make it (or don’t prefer screens), you will be able to weigh in via email!

In the meantime---much love and many blessings, Rev Jill