I don’t dream at night, I dream all day. I dream for a living. -Steven Spielberg
Didn’t you used to dream? I am a little embarrassed to say that I dreamt of getting married (when I was 6) and I re-enacted the whole scene at my Grandma Reister’s house, complete with tissue paper figures and an Episcopalian prayer book. We marched them down the aisle and sang “Here Comes the Bride!” We read from the Order of Marriage, “Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today…to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health…I now pronounce you man and wife.” A little girl’s dream! When all dreams seemed possible. A recent “graduate” of the Landmark Forum (I use that term loosely-I attended an intense weekend with lots of homework and mind expanding (drug-free) exercises) I realize I left some dreams behind. I find myself observing ways that I get in my own way. There are those things we say to ourselves all the time while we mentally sort all the opportunities and challenges that present themselves during our day. “Can’t do that, it costs too much, can’t do this, I have something on my calendar, can’t take this on, I don’t have the time, etc…” More often, I am starting to say things like, “How can I make that happen? What would it take to move this along? How can I make time for the things that matter most?” It seems that this path that we, the congregation of First Unitarian, are on together, of discerning who we are and what we are about, is a path of possibility. A chance to dream and create together. Turning our Mission Pillars (Building Community, Growing Spiritually and Putting our Values into Action) into a blueprint for action is the next step, limited only by our imagination.
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. -Thomas Edison
I am astounded by a smooth and uplifting Annual Meeting, positive cash flow and an Annual Report full of accomplishment and pride! Our Caring Committee Connectors are weaving our Community together. Common Reader Book group discovers old classics and a new cancer support group, Warrior Women is launched! All are welcome to walk in the July 4 Parade with First Unitarian and come play with us at the Church Picnic on Sunday, July 5th. If you love to dig in the earth, visit the community garden at the Karen Livengood-Steele homestead. Rev Scott Aaseng and two members make the trek to Oregon for inspiration, fellowship and insightful workshops for Congregations at our General Assembly. Deeper conversations are planned to explore and enhance how we worship (Whole Worship and Pagan Celebrations), how we manage and discuss money, financial need (Wisdom Path) and economic equity (Blessed Conversations) and how we look to the future while we honor our past. So, what possibilities await us? What dreams will we call into being?
Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. -James Dean