“When you are inspired by some great purpose,
some extraordinary project,
all your thoughts break their bonds:
Your mind transcends limitations,
your consciousness expands in every direction,
and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties and talents come alive,
and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far
than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
Much love to you dear people!
Last month we had a ritual where we each put a fingerprint on our common tree symbolizing the gifts each of us bring to contribute growth in our congregation. This month we celebrate those buds turning to blossom.
April is about Transformation. To “trans-form” literally means: “trans” = to bring across or through, and “form” = bring together separate parts or combine to create.
So, when we think about what it means to be a community of transformation, one literal definition of that would be: To literally change form. To become something else. To change from a bud to a flower… and then eventually fruit. What a great example nature lays in front of us.
This might bring up the question, “What are we trying to transform?” and “Why?”
I see transformation as an act of generosity. Henri Nouwen, says: “Every time I take a step in the direction of generosity, I know that I am moving from fear to love.” We do this so that we can move from fear to love.
To me, this means that every time I live into the fullness of my gifts, talents, and resources, I am offering love to the world in the particular form that I am able to offer. I am moving from fear to faith that what I have to offer will bless somebody. Therefore, the more I blossom, the more others around me are given that same inspiration to blossom.
Here we are almost at the end of our stewardship campaign for FY2018. I am hopeful that we will be able to live more fully into our dreams for Columbine UU Church, but it is going to take all of our talents and lots of resources.
I have heard some people say that they are “afraid they are not enough.” That they can’t give more than are giving or do more than they are doing. Yet, I wager that if each person is willing to live a little more fully into the place of their passion, inspired by the great purpose of making Columbine the best place it can be — we each CAN transcend those limiting thoughts.
When we take this kind of risk to transform, I believe that the universe will configure around our best efforts and a way forward will become clear.
There are all levels of giving, and all levels of volunteerism. Find the level that is right for you and do that. Look for a place in the community to be involved that will help you transform in ways that you hope for yourself.
When we think about our congregation, to me transformation means something similar. It means that we — as a community — are living fully into our ideal ministry. That we are creating a unique presence unlike any other in Littleton and the surrounding areas. That no where else can you find a community that offers the radical inclusion, understanding of interdependence, and opportunity for wholeness that we do!
This month we pilot two services as a way to offer more options to folks and make more space for those who need a safe space to explore meaning and purpose, warm themselves around the fire of the human heart, and unwind the fear of ‘the other’ that is being so exploited in our culture today. Columbine UU Church is working toward a vision of growth because we believe that everyone deserves to find a spiritual home like Columbine!
But, this places us in unknown territory. This is why our experiment is just that — a pilot from April 16th – June 11th. We will learn some things in these next two months, and then we take some time this summer to evaluate and decide how we want to move forward in the future. (Please see the draft of the two service plan below.)
I like what John Lilly says about the unknown. He writes, “Freedom is in the unknown. If you believe there is an unknown everywhere, in your own body, in your relationships with other people, in political institutions, in the universe, then you have maximum freedom.”
In other words, there is always an opportunity to move into the freedom that comes from growth. If we hang on to certainty, we loose the freedom to get unstuck, to develop ourselves and talents, to risk becoming more. When we take this kind of risk to change form, I believe that the universe will configure around our best efforts and a way forward will become clear.
The key is that, we must make the effort. But, let’s hold hands while we do it; I will be with you through all of the changes, my beloved community! Don’t hesitate to reach out…
Blessings in this month of change,