March 13, 2019

A Word from Rev. Justine Sullivan

This past Sunday many of us gathered after worship to talk about what is most precious to us about CVUU.  Our guest facilitator Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson challenged us also to talk about the “elephants in the room,” those things that can influence dynamics here, make us worried, maybe make us close ourselves off for fear of being injured or causing injury.  And at the end of our time together, we shared our deepest values: fairness, kindness, honesty, respect, compassion, love, and our connections across divides of age, race, class, and other differences. There is so much to be grateful for here, and we also have work to do.  I am confident, though, that we can stay engaged and find our way forward together. Look how much you have accomplished: buying and transforming this building, selling the old church building, rejuvenating the religious education program, and welcoming many, many newcomers and helping them find their way into this religious home. All of these signs of health and growth inspire me and give me hope for your bright future.

This Sunday in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the arrival of spring, we will have a service of meditation and healing, focusing on that which gives us hope and binds us together. Upcoming: Sunday, April 28 4-6 p.m. is our Building Dedication and Celebration. Dreaming Our Way Home: Celebrating our New Sacred Space. Do plan to attend. We will begin with a special worship service at  4 p.m., followed by food and fellowship. Our guest preacher will be Rev. Jeanne Pupke, and our CVUU choir will be joined by the choirs from Richmond, Newport News, and Williamsburg – a worship event not to be missed!  We have secured overflow parking at nearby businesses, and carpooling is encouraged to make room for our many invited guests. Save the date! It’s going to be a wonderful day.

In the midst of all the excitement at CVUU and turmoil in the world around us, I look to the Christian season of Lent as a time for reflection and contemplation. I make time each day for stillness, to wait, to listen for what feels most alive in me at this particular moment. What comes up most often for me is gratitude for you, for your ministry to each other and in the larger world, for the blessing that you are. Thank you.

In faith and fellowship,