The theme for this month is “embracing possibility.” While congregations have personalities and ministers have personalities; with each new combination of congregation and minister is a new opportunity for them to share a ministry that is uniquely their own. As we begin our journey together, possibilities previously unimagined will emerge.
Our challenge is to embrace them and each other. One of my favorite authors, Richard Bach, issued this caution in his book, Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah: “Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours.” So, let’s not do that.
Though we are imperfect human beings doing things imperfectly, we are capable of great love, compassion, and positive impact in the world. We just have to embrace (and nurture) the possibilities in each other. And, together, I believe that we can and will. I have already seen much evidence that as a congregation, you are resilient, creative, and capable.
In the upcoming weeks, I will continue meeting with congregational leaders who will help me better understand UUCJ‘s recent history and congregational culture. And, soon, I will be working with the Ministerial Formation and Transition Team (MFTT) to organize small group opportunities for all of us to get better acquainted. I am eager to hear from you about such things as what brought you to UUCJ; what has kept you at UUCJ; and what are your hopes for UUCJ. So, when the opportunity presents itself, please take advantage of it and join me in exploring the unique possibilities that our time together will create.
I end this month’s message with a quote from Johann Wolfgang van Goethe, which brings me hope and courage as I contemplate the possibilities for us at UUCJ:
For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
Rev. Lee Anne