These past few months have been challenging as we continue to navigate the virus and practice social distancing. The political tensions and the elections created additional anxiety. These are wild times, painful times, liberating times, curious times, transformative times, sorrowful times. I hope you are finding ways to connect with your values and your deepest self. First Parish offers online Zoom worship every Sunday as well as small groups, justice opportunities and classes. All can be found here on our website.
The Unitarian Universalist Association recommends that we do not return to in person Sunday worship until May 2021. I feel this is very wise. The great state of Maine has one of the lowest rates of COVID cases in the country. Yet, cases are on the rise. We have also seen serious outbreaks from a few religious gatherings. As a faith community with social values, it is important that we not only consider ourselves during these times, but all of our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable among us. We will soon share with you how we determine the most responsible pathway forward during these unprecedented times.
As the cold weather moves towards the holidays, it may be more challenging for us to feel connected. I know some of you are missing in-person worship and online worship does not work for you. My heart aches for those of you who are not receiving your weekly dose of church and really need it. Many of us are connecting with our great mother earth during this time and receiving much fulfillment. And some of us are truly missing our being together in time and space, heart to heart, face to face. Rest assured, this experience will soon come again, perhaps in a more deep and profound way.
We are exploring additional pathways for our congregation to build on the experience of connection with each other and our beloved Meeting House. Our hope is that with the completion of the building project we can entertain the possibility of spending time in our Meeting House in a safe and contemplative way provided that the science supports this.
My hope is that we all stay safe and healthy during these strange times and committed to our faith tradition. Please do not hesitate to reach out. I am here for you. I love you!
November 29 | 10 am
The Healing Power of Kindness
Brenda Franey & Jenna Nunziato
December 6 | 10 am
Rev. Christina Sillari
December 13 | 10 am
Cultivating Inner Stillness