First Universalist Society in Franklin

Jenny Dec 16

What Feeds Your Spirit? : reflections from Interim minister
FUSF Interim Minister

Rev. Jenny Rankin, Interim Minister

Dear Friends

In the last weeks, you’ve shared with me some of your hopes and fears about our country at this critical time.  It has been a rollercoaster of a time and difficult in many ways.  I appreciate your sharing with me and each other because it helps, at such times, to be part of a community like this one.

Some of you are interested in having a conversation about what this spiritual community can do in the world in response to the election.  “Now What?”  is the basic question.  I’m consulting with the board and Ann Willever, your affiliate minister for social justice, and hope we can have some open conversations on this theme in January.  How can FUSF be an “incubator for social change,” as one of you put it to me?

And so, as December gets underway, my question for you is:  what feeds your spirit in these times?  As a child, I always loved getting a brown paper package at the beginning of December from my Aunt Hatsy.  I knew it held an Advent calendar and I loved opening the little windows and “counting down” to Christmas.  We had other Advent traditions in my home, too, especially making things with our hands.

Today, I still like to make things with my hands.  I walk around my neighborhood with my garden clippers in hand and my neighbors are kind enough to let me clip holly and greens.  Back home, we fashion some home-made wreaths together.  It’s not fancy.  None of us are Martha Stewart!  But it’s a time to get together, talk, create, share.  A few simple moments of friendship and creativity in the midst of a season that can get a bit nutty.

What feeds your spirit?  This month, on three Thursdays, I’ll be offering a Spiritual Discussion Group where we’ll explore that topic in different ways. Thurs., Dec 1, 8 and 15, 12-1:30 pm.  Join me.  And if you have any last-minute Christmas projects you’re trying to get finished, bring them along!

In faith




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