Last Sunday ERUUF re-opened for in-person worship after closing 2 years earlier! YAY! The campus was abuzz with young, old, in-betweens, and our newest members stepping on campus for the first time, all eagerly greeting one another. It is amazing how we recognized one another, even with our masks, with joy and gratitude to be together again.
On that same day, we welcomed the spring equinox, acknowledging the near balance of light and dark. As the earth warms bringing forth colorful blossoms, and the sap rises to bring new life to all that grows, we find ourselves eager to emerge from our safe havens. This time of year invites us to examine what feels balanced within ourselves.
We have learned how to live amidst a pandemic that has opened our eyes to amazing ways of negotiating our daily lives during a time of great unknowing!
How do we bring forward the awareness from our inner reflective time to sow the seeds of our visions and dreams, that they may bear fruit during this season of our lives? How do we respond to important questions that have arisen during this troubled global time to bear the fruit of a more equitable world in which to live?
Our Pastoral Care Associates meet regularly to learn, reflect and grow our capacity to support members of our ERUUF community. During a recent meeting, I shared a poem, "The Unknowing," as we discussed the topic of change within ERUUF and our world – of ‘not knowing’ and our human condition to want to be in control, to know all we can about “_____” and “______” – you fill in the blanks. We reflected upon the poem as we examined how we, individually and as a team, can support one another during times of unknowing.
We have the gift of being together in spiritual community, to examine within community the questions that help us become better human beings. (Gratitude for technology!) We can wrestle together with the difficult issues that bear reflection and evoke change for justice. We do this because we share the UU principles we choose to live by. We do not need to have all the answers we think we need at this time. In the time of unknowing, we may simply “see what was not seen before.” That ‘seeing’ can guide us into what will become the answers for tomorrow.
Rainer Maria Rilke said, “Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And, the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
May we live the questions now, together, as we find our way back to living a vibrant community life on campus and beyond. May we grow the seeds of a greater Love and spread that Love wherever we go.
" The Unknowing" Image Credit: Shawn Trimble