From the Minister 5/25/22

Dear Ones,

It’s official!  I was so wonderful to finally have our installation service!  And a good time was had by all at the party after. And this weekend was made even more spectacular by the combined Coming-of-Age and Bridging service that we had on Sunday.  The youth put together a glorious worship service.  I am so proud to say that they are a part of this church.

However, all this joy falls under the shadow of even more gun violence.  The elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX left 19 children and 2 adults dead, and 20 people wounded.  This is one more tragedy that is beyond words.  Thoughts and prayers are not and have never been enough to address this problem. Speak your Unitarian Universalist values that acknowledge the inherent worth and dignity of every person and reach out to your elected representatives and tell them to do something about this.  Effective change can only come through legislative action on the federal level. Contact your members in Congress and tell them so. If you do not know who they are, you can find their names by visiting https://www.congress.gov/members/find-your-member. You can even contact them through that website.  Don’t forget, voting is the only way that we can hold our elected officials accountable.  So, please check your voter registration status, or register to vote, by visiting this page: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation If you are not registered, you have until May 31st to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election on June 21st. And vote!

Our COVID community level has risen from low to medium.  To see what this means for us, please see the message from our Board President, Steve Ciganek.

We will be having Pathway to Membership classes on June 4th and 11th and a New Member service on June 19th. We already have a few people who have signed up, and we still have plenty of room, especially on June 11th.  If you are interested in participating, and if you haven’t already done so, please send an email to office@c-vuu.org.  If you want to talk more about this, I invite you to schedule a time to speak with me at this link https://calendly.com/viola-abbitt.

The General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association will be taking place from June 22 to June 26, 2022, in Portland, Oregon. It will be multi-platform, so you can participate virtually, if that is your preference. Aside from the fact that it is a great event to participate in, CVUU needs delegates to represent the church in the business meetings where decisions are made about the future of the denomination. These delegates will also report back to the church on what has taken place. If you think you might like to provide this valuable service to CVUU and have the opportunity to meet and hear about Unitarian Universalists from all over, please send me an email at minister@c-vuu.org. And the best part is that it doesn’t have to cost you anything to participate in GA if all you want to do is be a delegate and attend the business meetings. To find out more about this year’s General Assembly, visit this link, https://www.uua.org/ga, and if you think you’d like to participate, please send me an email.

And because the recent tragedy in Texas weighs so heavy, I close with this song by Peter Gabriel, “I Grieve.” https://youtu.be/7wZkbRJq6wk

In peace and love,

Rev. Viola

Rev. Viola Abbitt
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Office: 1-757-627-5371×3
Mobile: 757-354-4541

Email:
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