Letter from Rev. Dr. Amy Rio
This is a special time of year for many people. Late October and early November are sacred times as it denotes the ending of a year. The Celtic tradition of Samhain ends the year at this time with people remembering all who have died, and reflecting on how they want to live their own lives. All Saints Sunday is a tradition in the Christian church which followed the rituals of remembrance. Here at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, we take time to remember our loved ones who have passed during the past year, and think about the Legacy we want to leave for others when we ourselves are no longer here.
Autumn is such a perfect time to reflect on these things. The leaves are brilliant colors, providing amazing beauty and inspiration, before they fall to the ground and help nourish it for the future. New life emerges from the passing of the season. Our church, like so many others in today’s world, continues to reflect on who we want to be as a community in such tumultuous times. What is our Legacy? How do we share love so that we might change the world for the better? How do we provide a better “home” for the children of the world and for the earth itself?
I hope all of you will join with us on Sundays (whether in person or virtually) and throughout the week as we continue our journey, individually and communally. We know we are all stronger together. Beginning a new season with thanksgiving and reflections on the past will provide us the courage, creativity, and wisdom we need for the future. May It Be So.
Blessings and Peace,
Rev. Dr. Amy Rio