How is time treating you? And, how are you treating time?
So many of our usual markers of time and the patterns that we have followed have been transformed or lost entirely in the pandemic. We have to be newly intentional in claiming a sense of time’s passing, and to honor the shifting of the seasons, the losses and the achievements both big and small.
This is one of the reasons that I felt really strongly in late March that we should stay on track with the schedule we’d set for our 2020 initiative of a print newsletter, The Communicator. We set a schedule for an April edition, recognizing that it may need to extend a bit into May. It could be an important way to mark time in this out-of-time situation.
We even had a concept that we felt compelled by: we’d write articles directed towards the “future Foothills,” so that those who would find this newsletter in our archives someday (far after the pandemic was in our past) would later be able to see all the ways we responded and adapted to this huge and sudden change in our world.
But then, ironically, time got the best of us. And before we knew it, it was the end of June!
We kept plugging away though, and even though like many things in life today, it didn’t go quite as we planned, and took longer than we might have hoped, we kept going. Which in today’s version of time, and life, I think can be our best strategy. Keep going, until something new happens. Just keep going.
Finally, in these last few weeks, it all came together; and late last week, it went out to all those who asked us to send it to their mail. For the rest of you, you can find the link below. Please let me know what questions arise as you read it, and what info you’d hope to hear from in the next edition – we’re already working on it, aiming to go to print in September. Whatever “September” means 😉
Speaking of marking time’s passing, this Sunday we’ll be holding space for a really important milestone, as we celebrate with Rev. Kristen in her last Sunday service with us. She’ll be offering her response to the question of UU Good News, as a part of this series, focused in on shaping change. I look forward to being with you this Sunday at 9 or 11 as we bless Kristen in her next stage of ministry, and thank her for all the many ways she has blessed us in the last two years.