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

By the time you see this, I will have started my sabbatical. I spoke about what I will be doing in my Dec. 17 sermon, which you can listen to online. One thing I said that bears repeating: I will be around town for a significant amount of time. There will be no need to act like strangers if we bump into each other. All I ask is that we not talk about “CVUUS stuff.”

Here’s another thought I hope you will keep with you: a lot of people have been working hard to make sure this is also a wonderful interlude for you, the congregants.  CVUUS was amazing before you called me to be your minister and will continue to be so whenever my time with you ends. My sabbatical should help you feel confident about that. It will be exciting time to invite your friends to visit because of our line-up of lay led and guest-led worship services. There will be important discussions involving the direction of the downstairs building project and an  annual pledge drive. And you will have an entire winter to explore with each other what the journey toward radical love is coming to mean to you.

I would love to come back and be able to hear from each of you that you did some loving you hadn’t anticipated. Maybe each of you can overcome our famous New England reserve and reach out to meet and greet someone whose name in the directory is unfamiliar to you. Maybe you can experiment with some aspect of CVUUS life or social justice work you haven’t tried. Maybe you can pick some passages out of the past online services and write out to share with me what you would have said next if it had been your sermon instead of mine. Maybe you have a meal, outing or some other experience to share you didn’t get around to offering at the Radical Love Party – go ahead and set up a table at coffee hour to invite people to do so!

As someone fascinated with how everything meaningful seems to be in a state of emergence – including God as I understand it – I’m looking forward to seeing what emerges from the gifts and energy that each of us brings to this sabbatical.

Blessed be, Rev Barnaby