Dear ones,

When this newsletter reaches you, the November election will be just a few days away. Between the election, the ongoing pandemic, remote schooling, isolation, financial uncertainty, and other stressors, many of us are dealing with anxiety and overwhelm. It is a hard time to be human.

In the days ahead, I encourage you to take especially good care of yourself. I am developing the habit of asking myself several times a day, ‘how can I be ten percent more comfortable? How can I be ten percent more joyful?’ The answer is usually simple. I have a glass of water. I unclench my jaw. I listen to a song I love. I pet my cat. I look at the leaves. Those small moments of self-care add up. I invite you into this practice if you think it would help you.

Connecting with others is also so important in this time. I want to share with you two election-related Unitarian Universalist virtual gatherings.

Tuesday November 3, 10am-10pm: Spiritual Grounding for Election Day, led by UU ministers. For twelve hours on Election Day, UU Ministers are gathering from around the country to offer a space for respite, positive energy, peace and spiritual practice on Election Day. Feel free to drop in for a few minutes or a few hours.

Zoom link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/99553231971

Meeting ID: 995 5323 1971
Passcode: 954636

Thursday November 5, 8pm-9:15pm: Post-Election Vigil and Community Gathering, hosted by the UUA. Join the UUA, UU the Vote, Side with Love, and UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray for this event. Hosted on Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube.

The UUA youtube account is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/UUAElectronicComm

You can learn more about this event at the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/3713971198666868

I hope you all also know that I am here for you and available to offer you spiritual support. If you are struggling or feeling overwhelmed or anxious, please reach out to me.

Take good care,
Rachel

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