“Comfortable with Uncertainty”

This is the title of one of my favorite books by Pema Chodron. It feels especially relevant in these times! As I look toward fall, all I see is uncertainty. I am unsure how to plan for our RE program. I’ll make a variety of plans and depend on a large dose of flexibility to implement any or perhaps all of them.

In her book, Pema says, “… we can never know what will happen to us next. We can try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability, always hoping to be comfortable and safe. But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty. This not-knowing is part of the adventure.” She goes onto say that the key to coping with uncertainty is to use our daily spiritual practices to lean skillfully into the unknown with curiosity and compassion and to remain open-hearted and  flexible.

We cannot avoid uncertainty and fear in our lives, but the key is how we relate to the discomfort. By acknowledging the difficult emotions that arise and allowing them to move through us, we are able to remain in the present moment with more space and grace. Noticing the tendency toward judgement and criticism and gently letting those go while embracing loving kindness toward ourselves and others can make a big difference.

May each of us offer ourselves and others much space and grace as we navigate these uncertain times!


Milestones, Acknowledgements and Gratitudes

Rites of passage always need to be honored, especially in the midst of this pandemic when everything is different and so uncertain. Even though we are not meeting in person at church to celebrate these transitions, I hope you all will reach out to these folks to offer your congratulations!

To those 8th graders who are moving to high school, we honor you. Congratulations Sam Kirkwood, Elliot Spoelstra, Brandon Strom, Byce Evergreen, Rohan Marion, Maggie Marr, Liam Rutherford, Aidan Schleuder, Ian Webster and Ethan Wojtas.

To those Coming of Age Youth who completed our CoA program on Zoom, we honor you! Congratulations Tara Dean-Hall, Rachel Henderson, Foster Neve-Jones, Georgia Hill, Logan Post, Isabella Balden, Kevin Semelbauer, Eliza Crouse and Wen Wadsworth-Cucuru.

To those high school Seniors who have now graduated, we honor you! Congratulations Lilian Gates, Josie Allen, Jaden Weber, Maggie Grabemeyer, Ethan Semelbauer, Nikolaus Henderson and Lilly Henley.

To those RE Teachers who so lovingly led our children through their UU curriculum from September through February. THANK YOU!

Denise Valette, Laura Bultman, Duncan Krostue, Anna LeRoux, Cary Betz-Williams, Sheri Notten, Korrine New, John Smolen-Hetzel, Shannon Lacy, Teresa Cavanagh, Vicki Konzen, Margaret Wilson, Mary Kate Webster, Nicky Gates, Cindy Pietras, Chris Semelbauer, Deb Wickman, Annie Hampel, Chris Measzros, & Dawn Chamberlain

For those Youth Leaders who continued to lead our youth through Zoom offerings this spring. Thank you!

7 & 8th grade  – Ben Jones, Missy Howse-Kurtz, Rowan Renstrom-Richards and Ann Shepich

9 & 10th grade Coming of Age – Tom Cunningham, Gwen Abney-Cunningham, Meghan Grabemeyer and Matt Johnson

11 & 12th grade – Rebekah Sharp, Don Miller, Brandon Brown, Pam Wadsworth, Beth Bullmer and Jerry Lacy

Our Wonderful Youth Group Leaders who continually inspire me! Thank you Annie Hampel, Don Miller, Rebekah Sharp and Brandon Brown

To the RE Committee who’s flexibility and creativity will help lead our RE program into this new era.

Thank You Bobby Goldstein, Amy Marr, Annie Hampel, Dolores Strom, Shannon Rench, Betsy Johnson, Elizabeth Huff-Willis, Steve Cavanaugh, Laura Bultman and Nicky Gates as the RE assistant.

The interconnectedness of all is even more apparent in these uncertain times when a virus can quickly spread around the globe. We depend upon one another. I am extremely grateful for those who continue to step up and shine their light to help and guide others. Thank you for your service!!

Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director

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