From Sandra’s Study, October 2021
What is it that gives you the power
to make that change, to ask that question?
What is it that says you have done well,
that brings you to stillness, that holds you up in hard times?
It is relationship, the beating heart of our faith.
The Heart of Our Faith by Monica Jacobson-Tennessen
Unitarian Universalism places relationship at the center of faith. We believe it is connection that holds us in hard times and brings us to stillness. Connection helps us grow, learn, change. This month we’ll be exploring how our relationships have been shaped as a result of the pandemic and what insights we have garnered as a result. What has physical distance and reunion after that time of distance revealed about our friendships, work relationships, church connections, and other aspects of life?
I know my assumptions and habits have been challenged and my understanding of relationship expanded. Some of my relationships have deepened. I have a fresh perspective on their importance in my life. I’ve also formed new friendships, relationships I wouldn’t have likely developed if it hadn’t been for virtual opportunities. And I certainly have a renewed appreciation for the power of in-person connection and the effect of being in the same physical space with others.
One of the primary lessons for me has been the power of being intentional. Sustaining relationships during the pandemic has meant that I’ve needed to be more intentional in scheduling time with and for the people I care about and the communities I am part of. It has meant recommitting to my relationship to the divine through spiritual practice and to myself through self-care.
How have your relationships been impacted? Please join me this month in an exploration of cultivating relationship.
Yours in faith,
Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees
nadine j. smet-weiss