A Letter from Your Lead Minister – July

A Letter from Your Lead Minister

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

– Jean Shinoda Bolen

Dear Folks,

Welcome to the month of July and to our summer theme of Self-Care and Compassion.  We began the month of July with a service on the importance of Sabbath (a day of rest and consecration) and will continue the month with related topics, including ways to nurture our selves, our spirits, our children, and our futures. Here are some highlights for July.

I’m pleased to announce a special combined (University and Salisbury Gatherings) service at 10:45 a.m. on July 17 to welcome our new Coordinator of Religious Education, Lisa Hagen. Welcome, Lisa! We’re thrilled to have you on board.  I hope to see you all there, and please plan to stay for a potluck after the service. Bring a favorite dish or some finger foods to share!

On Friday, July 20, LGBTQI individuals and allies are invited to a pizza, pie, and salad fellowship at the University Gathering at 6:30.  Please RSVP to Rev. Mary Frances, maryfrances@puuc.org, if you’re able to attend.

The fifth Sunday of July will be a Feature Focus Sunday during which I will partner with friend and colleague, Tambry Harris, to offer a service that acknowledges the need for self-compassion around the “me, too.” movement to support survivors of sexual assault.  We will handle this sensitive topic with care, compassion, and dignity and will highlight the opportunity for a workshop (see my “Feature Focus” article this month) for survivors who would like to focus on their “Going Forward” stories.

Throughout the month, we’re honored to have Heart of the Carolinas Animal Ministry hosting our Religious Education classes at the University Gathering with a new curriculum written by our own Karen Haag.

Thank you for all you do, and thank you for showing up!

I wish for you a month of good self-care– knowing that for some, based on our abilities and schedules, self-care may look like an actual vacation, and for others, it looks like taking a few moments just to take some deep breaths and ground ourselves in love and kindness.  May it be so.

Peace and Light,

Rev. Mary Frances