Church leaders’ February messages

President’s Perspective – President Iyesatu Kamara-Bush

As we settle into 2024, the board forges ahead with our goal of revising our Mission and Vision statements by May 2025. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, we are currently looking for volunteers to join the Mission and Vision Task Force. We will continue to update the congregation as this work continues over the next year.

I look forward to another year of UUs showing up for one another, for our wider community and for our planet. I am constantly in awe of the persistent and tireless passion for justice that is the bedrock of this beloved community.

In Love and Fellowship,
Iyesatu Kamara-Bush
2023-24 President

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Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

How do we move through precarious times? Curiously.

“The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think,” Virginia Woolf wrote in her journal on Jan. 18, 1915. Uncertainty, she seemed to mean, is full of possibility. When we face unprecedented and unknown times, we can deepen into mystery in the spirit of exploration and find, there, such a wealth of potential futures. Still, most humans spend some time afraid of the dark.

What if we could face the unknown with curiosity instead of fear? How could our questioning spirit make us brave to explore what might come next? And what might emerge as we lean in to the future that is not clear but instead replete, full of everything that (maybe) may be?

With wonder,
Rev. Molly

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Jamila Batchelder, Director of Religious Education

One of the best opportunities for curiosity at UUCC is the experience of intergenerational curiosity. It is so easy in our often age-segregated world, to see people of a different generation as a mystery to you, and even sometimes to develop hostility to those of a different age than you.

Church is one of the few places left in society where we can interact with every possible age, and if we do so with curiosity, it can be an incredible experience of growth and connection.

We are planning to host a Regional UU high school youth conference April 5-7. As I have made a few initial steps toward finding the volunteers we will need to make our conference experience safe and positive, I have been met with wariness: “Hmmmm…teenagers, I don’t know, they are a little scary!” As a parent of teens, believe me, I get it! But I hope if you are asked to volunteer for this conference, you will approach it instead with curiosity instead of trepidation. You might discover how amazing and inspirational and just gosh darn fun to be around our teens are! And I hope in all your experiences in church, you remain curious and open to making connections with people of all ages.

Jamila Batchelder
Director of Religious Education

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Violet Vonder Haar, Director of Music Ministry

Feeling curious about choir? Join the UUCC choir this spring season! All voices are welcome. We could especially use some sopranos, but we will not turn anyone away. We meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 in the Sanctuary.

Upcoming Sunday performance dates:

  • March 10
  • April 21
  • May 12

Ideally, if you plan on joining us, I would like a full commitment to attending rehearsals and performances. However, I understand that life happens, and you may not be able to make the full commitment. If that is the case, and there are any performance dates that you know you will not be able to attend, I ask that you not attend the rehearsals leading up to that performance, so that we are aware of what parts will need to be covered in your absence and are fully prepared as a group.

Violet Vonder Haar
Director of Music Ministry

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