¬†Continued observations from the Interim Director of Faith Development...
They for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?
It is timely to consider what our calling is as cherished members of this faith community.¬† As I have written and spoken over the months, the question isn't if you will become involved in this beloved congregational life, but how you will.¬† A faith community thrives and sustains itself when each and every member finds his or her unique way of giving.¬† This stepping forward of each person is powerful to witness and even more powerful to be a part of.¬† "Volunteering," while a serviceable word, doesn't begin to capture how one's identity is shaped by sharing one's gifts with others.¬† The sharing of gifts is the art....finding the perfect medium, the right-sized form, the most appealing flavor of how each of us becomes a pillar of community life.
On the Faith Development Committee, this vision is concretized by the articulated goals of creating programming that maximizes engagement and joy in a sustainable, satisfying way.¬† As you know, this has meant an open call for folks to join the pool of teachers for next year.¬† And the programming will reflect the size of that pool.¬† Skilled and inspired lay leaders are ready to match volunteer initiative with innovative programming.
Teaching is really just one aspect of our intergenerational community.¬† There are many ways to connect yourself to the stream of learning and growing that happens at all ages.¬† Do you have a skill, a craft, a passion?¬† Do you like to dream?¬† Do you like to "do"?¬† Do you like to sit and talk or do you like to play Ninja?¬† Do you want to be that friendly person who welcomes someone who walks through the UUCR for the very first time?¬† Do you want to plan a party?¬† Do you want to march for peace or cook for someone who is hungry?¬† Do you want to belong?
Finding your niche -- that way and that place -- where you give of yourself, where you become known, where you come to be depended on and grow to depend on others is the pathway of belonging.