President’s Perspective – Pause, Savor and Reflect

By Mindy McPherson, 2019-20 President

On Dec. 21 at 10:19 p.m., we in the Northern Hemisphere will mark when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, at 23.5° south of the equator. We will mark the winter solstice.

I read an online post recently that commented on how our modern culture celebrates this season: “alcohol, lights, shopping, overworking, overspending, comfort food and consumerism.” The message suggested that this time was once “a period of descent and rest, of going within our homes, within ourselves and taking in all that we have been through, all that has passed in this full year that is coming to a close.

How perfectly this idea of going inward connects to Rev. Dottie’s recent sermon highlighting some of the reasons why we, as individuals, show up at UUCC. As 2019 draws to a close, I encourage you to reflect upon your year with UUCC. How have you connected and explored? How have you grown and transformed? I also think it is timely during this hibernal solstice to reflect inward as a beloved community and to consider all that has passed this year for us as a collective.

Make note that beginning Dec. 1, we will once again physically worship in one combined service on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. I find the timing of this poetic, as we can come together and evaluate together all that we have been through this past year.

Let’s pause and savor the longest period of darkness of the year, and perhaps turn our attention upward to marvel at our existence and the awe that bridges our past and present. I hope that you find peace and a time for reflection this season. I hope you find yourself with renewed energy and spirit for what the new year has to offer.

I hope you will be ready to focus outward and continue the important work of UUCC. Keep an eye out for communications from the Board and the Building Task Force, as we continue to evaluate the future of our physical space and the vision for our community.