Reflections on Belonging

Reflections on Belonging

Mountains or Beaches?
Cats or Dogs?
Good Works or Spiritual Needs?

If you were part of the UUCC community back in 2010, you may have contemplated these questions one Saturday in February. While Paige was on sabbatical and, with Graham and Hallie, awaiting Sara’s birth, the Sabbatical Committee planned a number of activities for UUCC members to get to know each other better.  One of those activities was the Knowing UUs workshop.  We spent the day exploring the similarities and differences in our individual preferences (Hotel or Camping?), our religious roots (Catholic? Jewish? Atheist? None?), our values (Compassion and Honesty, Knowledge and Responsibility), and our positions on political issues (I’m not gonna go there).

For me personally, it was one of the most valuable, fulfilling days at work in my almost 10 years as Executive Director at UUCC – right up there with the Building Dedication and Anthony Jenkins’ Ordination.  I felt the spirit of the UUCC community so strongly – our urge to connect with each other to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts and that is a force for change in the world.

More recently, as the partisan political climate has escalated and hatred has intensified and anxiety has heightened, we in UUCC leadership keep circling back to our basic human need to know others and be known by them – to simply belong.  And more than once we’ve said, “We should have that Knowing UUs workshop again.”

And so, I am very much looking forward to what I’m sure will be another highlight of my work life at UUCC – the Knowing UUs 2018 workshop on Saturday, February 17.  Register here; lunch and childcare will be provided.

As for me, my preferences lean toward Beaches, Dogs (yes, those are my two pups in the picture), and both Good Works & Spiritual Needs!  What about you?

In community (and in a Hotel – definitely not Camping!),
Maureen

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