Rev. Barnaby Feder, Minister
Rev. Barnaby Feder, Minister

Now we come to June-uary.  January, the first month of the  calendar year, is named after Janus, the Roman god of transitions (and doorways). He is depicted with back-to-back faces, one to see into the past and the other looking toward the future. As a lifelong UU, I’ve always felt I’m right there in June as well.

From a bookkeeping point of view, our new church year starts July 1. But we are into our summer programming then. June is the true transitional month. The current church year wraps up, our budget for next year is adopted at the annual meeting, and many of the plans for the next year are settled. We start the month by capping off our celebration of spring and community with the Flower Communion. Two weeks later, our choir leads a service made up of its favorite songs from the year we are completing, then begins its summer vacation. Some of us head off to wherever the UU General Assembly is meeting. The Worship Team begins filling in Sunday plans for the fall.

I am looking forward to looking back this month on our theme for the current year – the journey toward radical love.  And I am looking forward to looking back over my mother’s life with those of you who can come to her memorial service June 16.

This June, I expect, we all will be looking forward to starting construction of our new Ann Ross Fellowship Hall, a kitchen, an elevator, bathrooms and other facilities below the Sanctuary! What else are you looking back on and forward to? Don’t forget to take some time just to look around….June-uary indeed.

Blessed be, Rev. Barnaby