<![CDATA[UU Spiritual Journeys - Rev. Virginia\'s Blog]]>Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:26:41 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[power with... endurance]]>Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:35:55 GMThttp://uuspiritualjourneys.weebly.com/rev-virginias-blog/power-with-endurance
When you have come to the end of your strength, and the oil of your gladness and joy is nearly used up.  What do you draw upon to go on? Where is the goodwill that sustains you? Who are the partners who have your back? What essential hope is enough to get you through with trust that all shall be well? These are not abstract questions today. Please send me your answers by replying to this e-mail.  Tell me please, what keeps your faith alive?

With enduring love,
Rev. Virginia

Join us this  Sunday! 

December 13, 2015          9 am  & 11 am

Keeping the Faith
  
Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst

As we light the Menorah and reflect on the tradition it inspires, we ask - what keeps your faith alive?  Responsibility?  Miracles?  Patience? I n these days of darkness and doubt perhaps it is time to act as the shamas, the helper candle that lights the flame for others.

Music by Helen Kho and Cindy Rozenberg.
 

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<![CDATA[December 2015]]>Sat, 05 Dec 2015 12:20:43 GMThttp://uuspiritualjourneys.weebly.com/rev-virginias-blog/december-2015December’s Theme: RESPONSIBILITY

Extremism can flourish only in an environment where basic governmental social responsibility for the welfare of the people is neglected. Political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism. ~ Benazir Bhutto

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

What is a fear of living? It's being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself - for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don't know what you're here to do, then just do some good. ~ Maya Angelou

Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom. ~ Nelson Mandela

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. ~ Peter Drucker

We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation. ~ Wynton Marsalis

Choice is more than picking 'x' over 'y.' It is a responsibility to separate the meaningful and the uplifting from the trivial and the disheartening. It is the only tool we have that enables us to go from who we are today to who we want to be tomorrow. ~ Sheena Iyengar

Thinking of You U ~ Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst

It is hard for a minister to not feel responsible in December. There are so many expectations for just the right Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, New Year notes to be struck. A few of us ignore the whole messy celebration, but it’s hard not to get caught up in it. Who wouldn’t hope for a little joy in the midst of the dark and dangerous world we inhabit? The crisis only worsens as we slog through shorter days and longer nights.

As much as I might wish to make short work of it, the season demands we take our time, be patient with all we cannot know, be still, be silent. We will turn the corner, we will light a candle and see the birth of hope again. It really does happen! We’ll get each other to that moment one day and one night at a time.

​I say this as much for you as for me - do not stop seeking peace. Do not give in to darkness and despair. Look for Love in the blessing of today and there we will find merry, peaceful, happy, whole and holy - waiting all along.

May the blessings of this season keep you warm,
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<![CDATA[Power With ... expectations]]>Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:55:47 GMThttp://uuspiritualjourneys.weebly.com/rev-virginias-blog/power-with-expectations
God give us rain when we expect sun.
Give us music when we expect trouble.
Give us tears when we expect breakfast.
Give us dreams when we expect a storm.
Give us a stray dog when we expect congratulations.
God play with us, turn us sideways and around.
— Michael Leunig
 
What a prayer for these days of expectation! The season of Advent is marked with waiting and hoping for the arrival of the Spirit of Life or some new vision of the good. The outcome will almost certainly not be as we expected. We humans do live into our expectations of ourselves and our world, but there is much we cannot control.
My questions today are – Do you expect too much or too little? Or do you expect to be surprised, played, turned around and inside out? What are you expecting in this dark season of waiting?

Join us this Sunday!
 
December 6            Just Family   – Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst and friends
Families come together in a variety of ways, with friendship and marriage, birth and adoption. Today we will hear some stories of adoption and reflect on the intentional choice to be a family. And we will think about the ways our expectations shape our responsibility to all families.
 
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<![CDATA[Power With ... Water]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:10:43 GMThttp://uuspiritualjourneys.weebly.com/rev-virginias-blog/power-with-waterThe Stream of Life
by
Rabindranath Tagore
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day 
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. 

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth 
in numberless blades of grass 
and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. 

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth 
and of death, in ebb and in flow. 

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. 
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day 
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. 

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth 
in numberless blades of grass 
and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. 

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth 
and of death, in ebb and in flow. 

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. 
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.


Some days it feels like we stand at the edge of magnificence and other days a steamy summer puddle is all the water we can hope for. As we prepare to share a water communion this Sunday, you are invited to think about your place right now, in this always moving stream of life.
Join us this Sunday!
 
Like Water:
A Multigenerational Ingathering
 and Water Communion
Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 9am & 11am
Welcome back! Have you stood on mountains and plains this summer, or were you born upon the fathoms? Wherever you have been, it is time to come home. It is time to gather in our dry land hearts and the waters of the world that soothes them. If you have a sample of water that has touched you, please bring it to the service today. We'll have plenty of extra if you forget!
 Music by UU Singers and Louise Chernosky.
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