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

As I write this on March 24, I am looking out over a deeply snow-covered landscape made all the more beautiful by the strong possibility I won’t see the like of it again until next winter. If the forecasts are to be believed, all trace of it may be gone even before you read this. Welcome to April, the month when Nature quits being coy in the presence of the lengthening days and says, “Yes, I would love to dance.”

Looking back over my previous April messages to you, I was struck that I had a similar if less poetic feeling to share five years ago. I said, “This is the month when it becomes absolutely clear that Nature is fully committed to renewal and creativity.” I went on to add, “For those of us who are stuck or derailed, the sense that Life all around them is moving ahead can be depressing. That is why there is never a season more suited to our Universalist message that we are all precious pieces of whatever is divine in creation.”

I don’t recall what moved me to speak about being “stuck or derailed” at the time. I certainly don’t think of CVUUS that way these days. Stretched to the max, perhaps, as we try to figure out how to financially support our expanded operations and finish our capital campaign. More anxious and heartsick, perhaps, about the political landscape nationally and globally. But I see us as ready, the way April is, to invest heavily in Love and Life.

It’s fitting that our theme this month is emergence. In everyday language, emergence often refers to expected appearances of the type we associate with spring:  familiar buds and blossoms, spring peepers, and, among other things here at CVUUS, some version of our annual Mud CommUUnion. But emergence also has a deeper, more mysterious side – the appearance of complex things never seen or imagined before, things that are more than the sum of their parts. Life, for example, arising out of inert chemicals. I’m looking forward to discerning and sharing with you signs of both types of emergence  swirling around us this month at CVUUS.

Blessed be, Rev. Barnaby