So? What's happening here at UU Santa Fe that would justify such a celebration? You can take it from me that among our denominational brethren, you have some things going on here that were they to hear of it they would be just a little envious.
You will hear me talk often about our four core congregational experiences, 1 Worship, 2 Lifelong Learning, 3 Beloved Community, and 4 Social Justice. We are compelled by our mission to put our best resources of time, talent, and treasure toward these four things and to do them very well indeed. That means all our creativity, energy--our head, heart, and hands--all focused on our sacred purpose. And here's where you have earned your bragging rights! Each of these four experiences has a corresponding 2017 initiative intended to deepen your connection with and enrich your experience at UU Santa Fe.
Worship. Sensory Rich Worship Experience. Rev Gail and the worship team are re-imagining worship services together--services that embody a rich landscape of monthly themes, visual, verbal, music, media, and dramatic arts. Each monthly series is crafted around a theme--such as November's Abundance--and all our congregational creativity and talent are brought to bear on our Sunday morning worship experience.
Lifelong Learning. UU Wellspring™ Adult Faith Development--UU Santa Fe's new "flagship" adult faith offering. UU Wellspring™ is a 10-month program of distinctly Unitarian Universalist spiritual development designed to help participants answer Mary Oliver's provocative question, “What will you do with this one wild and precious life?” The program celebrates the depth and breadth of our rich religious tradition. Your pledge dollars cover the cost of this outstanding and denominationally celebrated offering.
Beloved Community. Soul Matters. Soul Matters small group packets. We renewed our Soul Matters subscription this year. Over 200 UU churches belong to the Soul Matters Sharing Circle. Now, we have small group resources that let you go deeper into the themes you hear preached on a Sunday. Our UU Santa Fe Covenant Groups will have access to this material through our Soul Matters subscription.
Social Justice. Inspired Faith, Effective Action--Social Justice Engagement for Unitarian Universalist Congregations. During the next four Social Justice "All Hands on Deck" meetings, social justice leaders will lead us through this UUA-developed process to focus our social justice efforts, engage more of our congregants, and effectively reach out into our Santa Fe community.
Four experiences. Four outstanding initiatives to realize our sacred purpose and enrich your spiritual life. Any one of these initiatives at a church would be cause for celebration and excitement--but to have all four beginning at UU Santa Fe this year is amazing.
So engage in these initiatives--be amazingly amazing! You're amazing!
See you in church.
Lifespan Religious Educator
“Bravado may stir the crowd, but courage needs no audience.” ― T.F. Hodge