By Barbara Rupp, 2018-19 President
Plastic bags have become ubiquitous in our world. We know, and have known for some time, that they are extremely harmful to our environment, yet we continue to produce them, and we continue to use them – vast amounts of them. Some countries have banned them, and California has banned them – yet Missouri has the dubious distinction of being one of 10 states to ban any possible future ban on plastic bags.
Clearly, change is not easy, but we try. We try to carry our own bags to the supermarket. We try to use biodegradable wraps in place of ziplock bags for food storage. When we do use a ziplock bag, we try to wash it and get multiple uses out of it. If we need extra bags at the market, we try to ask for paper vs. plastic. We do try. But sometimes we fail. I know I fail more often than I care to admit. Still, I keep on trying, because I know change is difficult and requires effort before it feels comfortable and easy. It is getting easier, which is encouraging!
Forgive this imperfect segue, but change is also difficult for congregations. As a congregation we face some decisions in our future that will require transitions and patience, and perhaps the occasional setback, but we need to keep trying to move forward. UUCC has not had a major renovation or expansion in the last 20 years. In the coming months, with the assistance of many, including professionals and input from many of you, we (the Building Needs Task Force, the board and Rev. Molly) plan to gather as much information as possible to help us make wise choices.
Please join us in working through these changes for our church. While there are differing opinions about the direction and scope we should pursue with these changes, I have high hopes that we can come together as a church community to make the decisions best for our future. As a start, I hope you will read the report submitted by the Building Needs Task Force and that you’ll submit, if you have not already done so, responses to the six questions at the end.
Change is not easy, whether it’s trying to decrease the use of plastic in your life, or trying to come to agreement as a congregation about choices for our future, but I know we can do it. We just need to listen to each other, support each other, and move forward through the process. We can do this.