And yet there is always promise in the air at this time of the year, a knowing that potential energies are being stored in the earth to be released in a flood in the spring – to growing things, to our hormone systems, to all living things that have hibernated during winter. A good time to be practicing our creative process. As we launch the creation of a new year with the church – a year that I declare will be one of growth and productivity. Growth in numbers and in the health of the existing congregation, growth in our participation in the greater community we reside in, growth in love in our lives as individuals and in community that automatically, by its very nature, banishes the darkness of winter and incivility in our world. Productivity in generating paths to leadership for anyone who wants to contribute at AUUS, and in renovating our space in the kitchen with alacrity and fiscal responsibility.
Join me in celebrating the gathering of energies that are swirling in the subterranean world at this time of year, the deep rest that renews, recharges, and reenergizes the world. Rest is as emphatically important as productivity and growth whatever our cultural story tells us. Nature is the true master of balance, and we do well to heed her example. On to spring, my fellow UUs!