There will be better days…
I first heard Kate and Justin Miner’s “Tomorrow” in the first days of UU wide collegial collaboration, in that mid March time when we were first trying to swim in this COVID shut down era. I was grateful to Rev Teresa Soto for sharing the Persisters of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland singing this song. It’s washed over me many times over the past few months.
Click here to take a listen to the 2020 General Assembly choir and instrumentalists Ring Out this Prayer https://uuberks.org/tomorrow
There will be better days…There will be better days…There will be better days…
Finding ourselves in this moment there are days where for our survival we will need to name
I AM ALREADY UNDER. LET THE WAVE WASH OVER ME
In the days after General Assembly – I’m starting to ask how I, how we can stay buoyant in this time of change and seismic shifts. How can I be ready for the better days? Like the story of Elizabeth Cotton told at this year’s Music worship service. We must create persistence. If we focus on our areas of growth – we will keep going. When we focus on the big picture – it doesn’t matter where we make music. It matters that we make it. What music can we make in these new environments – in these waters?
I look forward to us making music and persisting together.
For many normally this season is filled with summer blockbusters. I love a good summer blockbuster. A fantasy or sci-fi or good old Superhero tale helps me stretch my imagination – suspend my disbelief muscles – and dream.
Last week I attended the General Assembly of the UUA. Lots of you came to Sunday morning worship at G.A. this year. The week preceding was filled with our faith’s annual U.S.A. denomination gathering business. Something close to 5,000 Unitarian Universalists from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Philippines, and beyond came together over Zoom to vote on denominational concerns, to learn, to work together, and to worship.
In the days leading up to G.A. I was with my religious educator colleagues and I kept hearing one idea come up again and again.
We Can Not Achieve What We Can Not Imagine!
I’m reminded that so much of what a fantasy like Star Trek imagined 50 years ago is now in some part our everyday world (cell phones anyone?). So in a world where many of us have “normal” suspended. Let’s use this time to imagine! What if we were building this world, this community, this life from the scratch? What would you start with? Who would be in your community? How would you work together? What could you learn? How could you play?
This summer – Let’s imagine together.