Someone once said that burnout is not the result of having too much to do, but of having too few experiences that are meaningful and satisfying. When you are feeling overwhelmed and a little crispy from too much activity in your life what do you do? Pull the plug and stop everything? Take out your frustration on those closest to you? Take up a bad habit?
Or do you focus on one good thing that feels meaningful and life giving?
Join us this Sunday!
How to Climb a Mountain
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 9:00 and 11am
Michelle McKenzie-Creech and Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst
As we conclude our month long examination of good and evil it is important to check-in and see how we are caring for ourselves. Are we prepared for a sprint or a long, long march toward justice and wholeness? Caring for our own health and wellbeing is the first step in this longest march.
Music by Louise Chernosky.
Dress warmly! I'll see you there!
Please do join us at the march even if you do not have a t-shirt!
In honor of Martin Luther King this weeks meditation is a call to action.
Unitarian Universalists were on the front lines marching for justice 50 years ago and they will be marching now. This Saturday, January 17 UUCMC members and friends will join in a march which will kick off at
at Second Baptist Church
124 Atkins Ave., Asbury Park
and travel down streets including Springwood Avenue, Main Street and Cookman Avenue. Our good friend the Rev. Gil Caldwell will be meeting with the marchers. Read more about it here.
On Saturday wear your Standing on the Side of Love or blue UUCMC t-shirts. Please check my blog for any last minute instructions or updates before you leave for the march.
I hope to see you there!
Join us this Sunday, January 18 at 9 am and 11 am
God's Gonna' Trouble the Waters Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst
There are old and important stories of sacrifices made for racial justice in our congregation. Today we'll hear some of the old stories and examine how they inform a new story for today. The work for justice that Dr. Martin Luther King inspired continues!
Music by Louise Chernosky and the UU Singers
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County
Rev. Virginia's Blog
Power With ... a conscience
The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it. ~ Madame de Stael
When pondering what is right and what is wrong it is necessary to intently listen for that small unmistakable voice of conscience. That is our internal measure of the good and evil present before us. That is our affirmation of what will grow love, beauty and expanding diversities.
At the same time it is also wise to look outside of the voices in our head for advice, a confirmation or denial of that inner knowing and perhaps a second check on our unexamined assumptions.
Letting our conscience be our guide leads us to a process of discernment in community. How else can we truly see the good (love, beauty, justice, mercy) more clearly?
When the voice of your conscience is finally clear, what do you see?
Wishing you a happy, healthy and clear New Year!
This week's meditation is in both video and text format.
Join us this Sunday, January 11 at 9 am and 11 am
Living Principles Part 5: Conscience and Democracy
Find past Power With meditations at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCokHoPt_9LwsFv52vp9ffIQ
Good and evil are asymmetrical; there are more ways to harm people than to help them, and harmful acts can hurt them to a greater degree than virtuous acts can make them better off.
- Steven Pinker
We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts.
- Pema Chodron
That it is a bad thing to be tortured and starved, humiliated or hurt, is not an opinion; it is a fact. That it is better for people to be loved and attended to, rather than hated or neglected, is again a plain fact, not a matter of opinion. - G. J. Warnock
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. - Albert Einstein
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. - Bishop Desmond Tutu
Truth, and goodness, and beauty are but different faces of the same all. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are here today with a fresh start, a new year is on the calendar. Some say January is named after Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and transitions. January is indeed the door to the year 2015 in this cold corner of the world. I can imagine a closed door in January to keep out the cold, the edges stuffed with weather stripping. We open and close that door fast to keep the cold out and the heat in. It is rarely a place to pause.
Despite the rush that door does have to open. We have to come and go through it, often. And when we do some small change occurs. We move in and out of different worlds. In that transition, however common it is, we move in a direction. We take one small step toward something and away from another thing. Though we may be tugged by sympathies on both sides.
When you pass through a door do you notice where the beauty lies? Ahead, behind, or in that liminal space between? This New Year I will pay attention to the beauty there. I do this because beauty is the antidote to evil in our world. Humans create ugliness and beauty, good and evil. Both tug me but I know which direction I choose to move. When you walk through this New Year door, what do you hope to you see?
With hopes for peace and Love ever growing in our New Year,
Sabbatical News: This month look for a brochure in the Lobby detailing all the plans for my sabbatical coming in April – June 2015.