April 2018 Church Chronicles

                                APRIL   2018 ARCHIVES

 

HELLO one and all as we stride forward, and with great strength, into our  61st year as a UU fellowship. (Wish I could remember what it’s like to be 61!)

With Easter baskets of goodies, and grass strewn about as you read this, ever have a child, sibling, niece, nephew, or even yourself needing allergy testing??  At age 2 ++, my middle son (now 52) underwent testing. My caring (??) prayer was, ”Please don’t let him be allergic to chocolate”. We could handle eggs, nuts, etc. But NO chocolate—no way!!!   (His big allergies: horse hair and English walnuts.  What a combo!)

FYI, I recently learned chocolate  chip cookies and I both turn 80 this year.  They’re named for the Toll House Restaurant, Whitman, Mass. Anyone not like ccc’s??

Rev. Meg Riley of Church of the Larger Fellowship, recounted in a recent winter newsletter her summer flower and veggie gardens, await a final frost.  She shared: “Plants do us the service of letting us know in advance, whether we can count on a summer fling or, or long-term commitment. People are less predictable.”

Edwin Way Teale, an American naturalist (1899 – 1980), shared: “All nature, with bud and seed and egg, looks forward  with optimism.” In our own way I guess we do as well—most of the time.

I have a plaque: “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain”.

The November 22, 2016 Portland Tribune had an article headlined, ”It’s time to learn to dance in  the rain”, by Rabbi Ariel Stone. (Remember where you were 09 November 2016; your reaction??)

Rabbi Stone suggested:  Look within for pillars of strength, aka ”wells of self”, and let them hold up.  She added a favorite folk saying: “Life is not about waiting out the storm, but about learning to dance in the rain.”   Hmmmm.

As a rabbi, and from an  ancient culture in which prayer may take the form of dance she wrote, “It inspires me to a vision of a dance that we can and must share. We must refuse to dance  our own community’s dance alone, and think to take care only of ourselves.

“While our specific strength comes from knowing who we are, we are strongest when we reach out to make others our allies”—as with our own Family Thursdays, and affiliations  with Blue Zones, Friends Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal; UU’s participating in Peace Readers, and so much more.

Rabbi Stone concluded, “…Strength does not derive from  exclusion or rejection of others”; also, “Lend the support you also need to receive”.  (SO true!)

Finally,  something archival. On April 4th, at the Alliance luncheon/meeting of Portland’s First Unitarian, the speaker will be Kim Stafford, son of the late William Stafford (former poet laureate of Oregon). Kim is a teacher, author, and husband of Perrin Kerns, daughter of our founder, Ben Kerns.

Dear Ones, it’s April showers time. Come, let’s dance!!!!  

“We are all we”.  (Thanks David Hedelman.)