Month of Opening to Joy

Our theme for the month of December is Opening to Joy. We will be posting about it and incorporating it into our services.

Here is a poem to get us started:

Joy is Hard by Rev. Joe Cherry (Permission secured by Soul Matters)

Joy is hard.

Joy requires us to feel safe enough,

to be safe enough, to open to vulnerability.

To feel joy, you must be brave.

Joy walks into a room after the space has been cleared

Cleared of shame,

Cleared of doubt

Cleared of self-recrimination.

Joy is hard.

Joy is hard

and joy is worth the hard work of preparation.

Preparing oneself and setting down all the defenses

all the shoulds and could’ves,

all the should not haves and might haves.

Joy is worth the work.

You are worth the work.

You can start small:

the simple pleasure of your favorite tea,

the grand freedom of a full belly laugh.

Invite Joy to be your companion.

Here is a song:

A Month of Becoming

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real…It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time.” – Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

This month we will be focusing on becoming in our services and our posts. We will have meditations about becoming posted on Wednesdays and articles/information about the spiritual practice of imagination on Saturdays. We hope you will join us on our becoming journey.

Here are some spiritual practices to consider –

The practice of discovering that inside you which wants to be born.

The practice of no longer hiding.

The practice of continual growth.

International Day of Trans Visibility

“On this #TransDayofVisibility, may all Unitarian Universalists declare our unapologetic support for trans people. As a parent and a faith leader, I know that #translivesaredivine. At the UUA, we emphatically denounce the vicious attacks happening in state legislatures around the country against trans people and their lives, well-being, rights and access to healthcare.

To dehumanize another is distort and damage one’s own humanity. This country is in dire need of more humanity, more compassion, more love and more justice for all.” – From UUA president Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Trans Day of Visibility is an annual awareness day celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice. – click here for more education and activities

Image text reads: “Unitarian Universalists unapologetically proclaim that trans lives are divine. On this #TransDayofVisibility and every day, we uplift and support all of the trans and nonbinary people in our lives, our congregations and communities.”

Celebrate Trans Day of Visibility, uplifting the beautiful lives and important work of trans & non-binary folk. We share this collaborative poem “Beyond Resilience” created by trans & non-binary writers as part of Forward Together’s annual art project. “Trauma is not our name. Survived is not our identity. The future is unbound, the chains are broken.” #tdov2021