This December, in worship and our children’s faith development classes, we’ll be exploring what our monthly theme of hope means in our lives.

As I’ve been preparing to preach and lead worship for the coming Sundays, I’ve been reflecting a lot about where I find hope in our world. And I keep coming back to the times that we are able to share stories about what matters most to us.

In sharing our stories, we are able to draw closer to one another. We are able to be vulnerable together. And, most of all, we are able to better know our past and, through that, imagine a new future together.

In the four months that I’ve been here at UUCC serving as your minister, I’ve begun to hear some of the stories that connect you to this congregation. I’ve learned about your caring, your work in the community, and your connections to one another. But there’s so much more to know!

This month, we’ll be having two opportunities for you to gather and share these stories with me and with one another. I would love for you to come and share what being a part of the UUCC community means to you! We’ll gather for storytelling on Wednesday, December 13th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the library and Sunday, December 17th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the library. Whether you’ve been around for a month, a year, or a decade (or more!), this is your opportunity to share stories about UUCC. Childcare will be provided at both events.

Also, I wanted to acknowledge that this time of year, while joyful for some of us, can be difficult for those of us who have lost loved ones or who struggle with our families. If this time of year feels difficult for you, please know that you do not have to go through it alone. I’m happy to buy you a cup of coffee or tea, listen to your heartache, or even just be together in silence. The best way to get hold of me is to email hrvillnave@gmail.com to find a time that works to meet up.

 

With hope for a world where all are loved,

Rev. Hannah