FUSF as Community
One of you wrote to me this week in an email and reminded me of Martin Luther King’s words “the fierce urgency of now.” I appreciated that. I had forgotten he had said that. Those are words for our time, aren’t they?
What a gift it is for us to be able to be part of this inclusive, active spiritual community right now at this moment of history. It is a sacred place where we can come to collect ourselves and “center down” as the Quakers say, when the things swirl fast and loud all around us. We stay close to the news, unable to believe our ears as it breaks around us, each hour more incredible than the next. But we know we cannot go on at this breathless pace for this is going to be a marathon not a sprint and we need strength for the journey.
And one of the places we come for strength is FUSF. We come to be with one another, to give and receive solace and comfort, and to gather together to make our plans for activism, to join in the great resistance which is slowly organizing and growing across this country. We saw that last weekend in the millions of marches all over America, indeed all over the world. Now we’ll watch a march be converted into a movement.
What a gift it is to be able to be part of such a warm and embracing community in times like these. It is made possible by each and every one of us stepping up to do our part.
February is pledge month. We give according to our means, as generously as we can, and we like to say “we give until it feels good.” We know we make possible a community that is a beacon for liberal hope, a haven for those in personal crisis and in need, a galvanizing center for social justice work in the region. We sometimes grumble about money but when we are honest, we acknowledge that we are given an invitation this month, a chance to give money to help FUSF stay alive and strong and be part of a movement for hope and justice and love that is so much bigger than any one of us. What a gift it is to be a part of it all. What a gift it is to walk this journey with one another! I appreciate your allowing me to walk by your side on this leg of the journey.
In gratitude for the community that you have built together,