ANNOUNCEMENT of Congregational Meeting to be held on February 11, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT of Congregational Meeting to be held on February 11, 2018

In accordance with the Bylaws of the UUCUV, the Board of Directors will hold a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Febryary 11, 2018 at 11:30 am.  This meeting is called in respponse to request form a group of members and friends who met on Social Justice issues on January 21, 2018.  The Meeting will consist of a single issue on whether we should put up the “Black Lives Matter” sign outside of the UUCUV Meeting House.

The Motion is: The Board asks that the UUCUV members approve the display of a “Black Lives matter” sign outside of the Meeting house.

We hope that everyone will be able to attend this meeting to vote.  While the UUCUV does not allow for proxy votes, if you are not able to attend, you are invited to write a note in agreement or in opposition to the Motion.  Please direct your note to the Board prior to the meeting by email or mail and the notes will be read at the meeting to have your opinion stated.

Child care will be provided.  Please contact a member of the Board if you have questions.

What Sparrow’s Reading This Week

I like to think of this occasional feature as a place for me to be useful to parents – more often than not, it’s a link to someone else being useful to parents!

But this week, it’s a straight-up list of my current pleasures:

  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • A Wind in the Door
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet
  • The Little Prince
  • The Velveteen Rabbit

Befriend me on Goodreads to watch as I build my Shelf of Recommended Children’s Books.

(That’s right.  “Friend” isn’t a verb.  “Befriend” is a verb.  Feel free to ask me about other uses of the prefix “be-” in Early Modern English.)

Dark Moon Celebration

Are you traveling?  Caught at home during inclement weather?  Just content to be cozy at home?  To celebrate the dark of the moon alone or just with family, here are some things I do:

  • sit in the dark, fully aware of it, breathing it in, listening to my own feelings of anxiety turn to peace and then to wonder
  • name and welcome forces of darkness – that can be name of gods I have heard (Washer, Kali, Hecate for example) or natural phenomena (Night, Sleep, Death, dark matter) or human experience (stillness, sleep, sadness, mystery)
  • In my dark space, then I light a candle (I love candles in the snow!)
  • I tell a story of escape, success, or heroism that was made possible by the dark, moonless night or by deep shadows or fog.
  • Then, I try to look inside.  Some seeds germinate only in the dark – what is quickening within me now?  How can I nurture that possibility?
  • I like to have either art media or writing tools at hand so I can honor the thoughts that have come to me by responding to them.
  • I always thank the guides and stories and companions which have joined me.
  • Then I get back to normal time and space with some kind of food – water, pomegranate (with thanks to Persephone), mushrooms-and-onions, soup.  Of course vanilla ice cream with maple syrup, but that’s considered appropriate for all occasions!

Enjoy the Dark of the Moon, friends!  ~ Sparrow

Sparrow’s Article of the Week

In my first week as the UUCUV’s Director of Religious Education, I learned from two different families about the anxiety therapies of their elementary-school-aged children.

I made a promise then, eighteen years ago, that I would honor our faith tradition, steward the congregation, educate the parents… but I’m here to serve the kids.  This is a region with the weirdest combination of social pressures on children – educational overachievement hand-in-hand with Yankee reticence to articulate emotions, in an age of social media telling preteens they must give up their treasure, freedom, and franchise to even try to be “good enough”.

I’m still holding my ground when met with “My child says all they did in RE today was make pictures out of clouds.”  Yep.  They did.  And they got outdoors, spent time with a well-educated young woman with the grit to run marathons, stayed in covenant, faced possible tick-borne diseases with education and calm preparedness.  They took turns with the responsibility of carrying the first aid kit, the fussed and argued and made up and had fun being at church.  They learned – again, because hearing about something once is not learning: being, doing, and experiencing over and over for a year is learning – that this is their place, as they are.  Safe.  And that they are also the stewards of our community.

Sorry about the rant.  It happens.  Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading this week.  I would add to the author’s list: every four year old should have the skill of self-control – and that’s something to begin learning in babyhood, via appropriate baby steps.  Pull me aside for a chat anytime –

~ Sparrow