April 2017

What would the world be, once bereft

Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,

O let them be left, wildness and wet;

Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

   - From “Inversnaid,” Gerard Manley Hopkins

Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day. During April, we remind ourselves of the 7th UU principle: “We affirm and promote the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.” Our multi-generational service on April 9 will include stories of John Muir, the 19th century explorer and naturalist who is considered one of the fathers of our national park system.

As the April Pioneer publication deadline nears I have been in and around Palm Springs, California, hiking, reading, looking at art, enjoying warmth and sunshine, and doing nothing. The mountainsides and desert floor are unusually green this year, thanks to heavy winter rainfall that broke the long drought. It is still desert, however, with its own beauty, a vaster scale, cacti and sere in place of weeds and wet. And, in Joshua Tree National Park, amazing rock formations and changing vistas as the Mojave desert meets the Colorado.

My reading has included William Barber’s The Third Reconstruction. You might want to pick up a copy, and plan on joining a discussion group at the Society later in the spring. And something else for the calendar:

On April 21 and 22 our newly combined UUA New England District is presenting a Regional Assembly that features a UUA President candidates’ forum on Friday night. The Saturday line-up includes worship, workshops, and a community sing with Isaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey and the Rock. Meck Groot, social justice staff person for the region, will lead one of the workshops. This should be a good way to meet other UUs in the region and learn from one another.

Carpools can be arranged if people are interested. I hope some of you will join me on Saturday morning. Registration information is at http://www.uua.org/new-england/awaken. The cost is a bit high. If that is an obstacle for you, please let me know. We have funding in our budget for subsidies.

We’re heading to Tennessee at the end of our trip to celebrate our grandson Kaleb’s second birthday. I’m glad to have been able to get away, glad spring is on its way, and very grateful to be your minister. 

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