Deep Listening * Serving With Grace Book Group • Testing Pagan Voices * Chapter and Member Support • Upcoming Rituals
Allowing Ourselves to Let Go
As summer begins to close, my thoughts move to the fall and the process of letting go. This weekend’s drive through the mountains of Massachusetts and New York had glimpses of color popping out of the green forests. These past few months have held various letting go processes in my life – replacing a biological knee with a mechanical one, the minister in our congregation I liked, a long-time client, and a beloved family member. I let go of doing things I normally would have been able to do during the summer. I graduated college and moved into the next stage of my career.
Processes of letting go seem to come all at once for some of us. It can be as overwhelming as looking at the leaves on the ground that need raking or all of the canning to do when the garden produces more than you expected. Sometimes it is Spirit’s way of showing you a new way of operating in life and that changes need to occur. Other times, we do not want to let go and are forced to do so. It is a hard lesson.
The CUUPS board is in a similar place. There are structures in the organization that need to shift. Volunteerism in our churches is also down, and it is in CUUPS. Bylaws need tweaking, and policies need shifting. We are a small band of volunteers with more work to do than we have hands for. Fortunately, we have a team of publishing professionals to meet with for support with website content, new brochures, and such. A team of curriculum developers has put course modules together for chapters to use in book groups with the book Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism. We hope to republish Sacred Cosmos Journals to have available for General Assembly 2023 along with a course module.
As we look forward to 2023, there are many ways to jump in and help with GA in Pittsburgh and the Parliament of the World Religionsin Chicago. General Assembly offers a chance to have a booth, a workshop, and Summer Solstice Ritual in person this next year, and we need people in the area to work with. We do not want to let go of these things and are looking at how to manage them. This leads me to wonder what members and chapters want to let go of and what they are resisting.
As our church and CUUPS year begins again, we hope to hear from you and how you would like to participate.
Deep Listening: Circle of Sharing
Listening to each other helps.
Autumn is near. It is the time of letting go in many countries. The leaves fall to the ground and create the fertilizer and nutrition for the trees, cover the ground, and create places to shelter the insects from the coldness of winter.
We will be in process together to let go of all that we have gathered during the hot, burning summer of Covid-19 and the resurgence of negativity so we may enter into a time of rest and peace. We can draw on the strength that we have attained during the hot summer and prepare to withstand the devastation of any coming winter.
Join us online on 2nd Saturdays of the month where we share highlights from the last ritual at home or with our CUUPs chapter, brainstorm ideas for planning next ritual, and get to know each other better during fellowship time.
This fall we also begin exploring “Serving With Grace:Lay Leadership as a Spiritual Practice” by Erik Walker Wikstrom. You can buy your copy at the UUA Bookstore or set Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Inc as your charity when you shop through the Amazon Smile portal.
We are seeking CUUPs chapters who would like to host this book group from their home congregation in person or online and test it out. Then when finished, email us feedback on how it went and how we can make the emerging resource better.
You can buy your copy of “Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” at the UUA Bookstore or set Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Inc as your charity when you shop through the Amazon Smile portal.
For more info or to sign up as a testing chapter please email email@example.com
Congratulations New and Renewing Chapters!
We are pleased to announce new and renewing chapters since the last newsletter!
Rebooting Monthly CUUPs Member Meetings October 15, 2022
Let’s talk about rebooting the CUUPs National members monthly meeting! What topics would you like? Do you want to help host or present a program? Join us Saturday October 15, 2022 at 7 PM ET and meet other members, and share your ideas including forming a Winter Solstice Worship team!