What a week!  I have been trying to get on the computer and write something up for a few days.  But nothing was hitting me or spurring my brain until today.  Actually it started a week ago, I just didn’t realize it until today…

The term stretch seems to cover it.  When something stretches it changes form and yet still contains the memory of what it once was.  This would summarize my life it seems.  I am constantly stretching/reaching/changing, hopefully for the better, yet gaining energy for the possibilities that lay ahead. 

When something stretches or changes, there is a reaction i.e. energy created.

This is probably the best thing about the church/congregation/fellowship that we belong to.  It is the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks otherwise known as UUFF.

We have been attending for 5 years, give or take.  If you don’t know what UU’s stand for, we have 7 main principles:

  • The inherent dignity and worth of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

Then there are also the living traditions that play a part:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature

When the war started, this is where we turned for support.  When we needed intellectual and spiritual inspiration this is where we turned for support.  When we needed to be a part of a community of like-minded individuals who are as liberal as we are, this is where we turned for support.

Now with the changes that our lives have taken this year, it is that UUFF community that is supporting us!  What a difference that makes in ones life, to know you have good friends in a community to help you on your way.  Of course, at this point you are wondering about our families, and yes we have them too!  🙂  But unfortunately they are 3,000 to 4,000 miles away!  So they are not the ones that we rely on for our day to day existence.  Although we would LOVE to!  Maybe someday they will join us in Alaska.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Energy is bursting forth in our fellowship, we have just hired a Director of Children’s Religious Education, my friend, Bre, is doing that.  The fellowship also hired a new Director of Member Services, my friend Jeff is doing that.  Change is so good. 

In addition to 2 new directors, we have started a new committee called the UUFF Care Team.  Peg, Rebecca & myself are the team leaders and have brainstormed many ideas.   A few weeks ago we had a visiting minister, Peg Boyle-Morgan, come and lead a workshop based on this idea of caring for others, and how to orchestrate that in our growing congregation.  Jeff wrote a great blog entry on this workshop.  This event has been a catalyst for heightened awareness of others, which is nice to see.  The conscious effort that we should all have to ‘check’ on each other.

So where is this all leading?

Not sure, but I did sign up to go to our district conference and see. 

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and at the time it was ‘supposed’ to happen.  Maybe that is why I see such similarities in the changing UUFF and my changing life.  These things seem intertwined almost, they consume my thoughts & time these days.  I will keep you posted on how things progress and stretch. 

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