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

         As UU’s, we are in a period of heartfelt but, for many people, disturbing effort to deepen our understanding of the diverse ways people of color among us experience our “whiteness.” We also aim to reflect what we learn with collective as well as individual changes in behavior. It’s foolish to think we can make everyone who comes through our doors feel welcomed and accepted for who they are. It’s our desire and mission, though, to work toward that lofty goal, knowing that we can do better than we have. This is the kind of challenge that grows our souls as individuals and our ability to build love in the wider community as a congregation.

It’s stressful, though. The firing last night of FBI Director James Comey reminds us yet again that anything we do within our denomination or personal lives is unfolding within a time of relentless anxiety-promoting developments on the national political scene. This is true regardless of which political movements and leaders you support.

I pray that we not lose sight of a few core beliefs I hope we all aspire to live out: 1) The CVUUS community should be a safe place to be uncomfortable and in the minority; 2) We seek to practice kindness toward those with whom we differ; 3) We look for reasons to respect those with whom we disagree and to be humble about our own ability to know the “truth.” 4) We worship together (in part) to better understand how we are called to serve Love; 5) In the broad array of ways we serve, we affirm and better understand what we worship.

Blessed be in these troubling times… Rev. Barnaby