I am so proud of us.
I’m proud of the good goodbye we gave Barbara and Bill – the love and care and creativity, the attention to detail, and the plain hard work that went into creating a weekend of glorious celebration. So many folks volunteered – newcomers, longtime members, and everyone in between. I’m proud of our generous retirement gift woven from many small contributions. I was touched by the number of people who wrote lengthy notes in Barbara and Bill’s memory book, sharing memories, stories, and gratitude. It was a splendid and loving farewell.
And I’m proud of how we’re navigating this in-between time as we anticipate Rev. Greg Stewart’s arrival in August. In case you haven’t noticed, our lay leaders are not sitting around, waiting for someone else to lead. Some folks realized that we needed a space where we could share our hopes and concerns, so they created a Caring Community Conversation and Potluck which has now morphed into a weekly “Listening Post” after Sunday services. As I write, Board President Jean Gleason and former Board President Stephanie Ann Blythe are in Providence, RI learning about the ministerial search process at our national UU General Assembly. So much is happening, even during these summer months.
This is a relatively large congregation and, as such, it stands to reason that many of us need help. There are times when we may just be sick and tired of hearing ourselves complain. After all, there is always something to complain about. And if you are tired of hearing yourself, imagine how your friends and loved ones feel.
Yet, the problem, whatever it is, does not go away, and we may still feel burdened with a situation no one else understands.
Come to us, come to the UUCB Support Group.
Dear UUCB community,
I want to let you all know that I have decided to step down from being an affiliated community minister with UUCB. I am sad to go, as I have greatly enjoyed my time with the congregation for the past many years. However, I find that my life has changed in the past several years, and at this point in my life, I want to devote my time to my young children and my family. In the words of one of my favorite quotes, “Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.” (Robert C. Gallagher)
Sensing the Spirit
One of my favorite places to be is in the mountains. Having grown up in the high mountainous desert of New Mexico, I find that there is nothing quite like the drive up highway 395 on the East side of the Sierra Nevada to lift my spirit up where it belongs.
I had hoped to join my daughter in climbing the iconic Cathedral Peak in Yosemite when the crowds had died down after Labor Day. I imagine I wasn't the only person dismayed by the Rim Fire as it inundated Yosemite, and cut Tuolumne Meadows off from the West.
In relationships, it can be tricky to keep the fires steadily burning. Hot-running human emotions—like wildfires raging out of control in the forest—need containment and consistent care in order not to leave only scorched earth in their wake. And, as with the Rim Fire, there are times when episodes in our lives use up all the fuel they have and must come to an end.
One of my favorite trees, the aspen, consoles me when there has been a raging wildfire like the Rim Fire. It is a pioneer, a plant that comes in the wake of fire to replenish the soil, provide shade for conifer seedlings, and rustle the grief of loss into the wind where it can dissipate.
As I hiked through the aspens while waiting for the smoke to leave Yosemite, admiration filled my heart. I contemplated these aspens--part of the largest living organism on earth--connected by their roots to all the aspens across the Sierra Nevada. Even when elements overtake our world in an “act of God,” Mother Nature reminds us that there are cycles of nature and nurture to hold us in our grief, and prepare the way for the next cycle.
Rev. Sonya Sukalski
UUCB Community Minister
Have you ever thought of yourself as serving a community ministry? Unless you are one of the five affiliated community ministers of UUCB, all of whom have gone through the same rigorous seminary and field education, internship, and fellowshipping by the UUA - and culminating in ordination - it’s probable that you don’t. It’s true that affiliation with a congregation as a community minister is reserved for members of the professional ministry.
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