It feels like a long time since I have been with you on Sunday morning! I have missed being with you. I hope you have had a wonderful summer and that you have found time to rest and relax.
Even with the slower summer pace, a lot has happened at Fourth Universalist since the spring. We packed the sanctuary twice, once for a Harry Potter podcast that explored the books as a sacred text and once for an interfaith gathering responding to the rise of hate seen in Charlottesville, Virginia. We’ve begun planning new programs, including an evening service during the week that encourages deeper sharing and community, an adult education class that dives deeper into Unitarian Universalist history and thought, and even the possibility of Young Adult Our Whole Lives (OWL), a program that explores sexuality and relationships for UUs in their twenties and thirties.
In addition to these new programs, we are excited to welcome several new faces to our staff team. Our new Director of Religious Education, DJ Cashmere, is hard at work organizing teachers, curriculum and meeting our young people. Our new Sexton, Billy Delaney, brings an impressive work ethic and set of maintenance skills to care for our building. And our dedicated Music Search Committee, after many hours of interviews and conversation, selected Sean Mayes to lead our music program (we’ll be sharing more information about him soon). We hope you’ll warmly welcome them to Fourth Universalist as they join us for the first time!
This Sunday, September 10th, is the official start to our congregation year. We’ll celebrate our annual Homecoming Sunday and our Water Communion ceremony that marks our return from summer and the beginning of another year together. As is tradition, you are invited to bring some water to share during the service, symbolizing how our different lives come together in community. The water could be from your faucet, a lake in Central Park or someplace you’ve visited this summer. And don’t worry if you forget, we’ll have water so everyone can participate.
I hope you’ll join us this Sunday and for all the exciting new happenings around our congregation. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, ideas or just to get together for coffee. I look forward to seeing you soon!