Enter, Rejoice, and Come In

A Religious Education Message from Gina

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe nearly a year has passed since we last met in person at UUS:E. On the one hand, it seems the days have crept by excruciatingly slowly, moving forward at a snail’s pace. Yet, on the other hand, an entire year seems to have raced by in the blink of an eye. It defies logic. Nevertheless, here we are, 12 months into the pandemic. And it’s not over yet, but at least there is now light at the end of the tunnel. I wonder what that light looks like to you—particularly in regard to UUS:E.

While nobody knows exactly when we will be able to meet again in person, we do know that sooner or later that day will come. Of course, the transition back to gathering in person won’t be instantaneous. It will unfold gradually, in increments. Things won’t return to normal immediately. In fact, things might never return to normal. And perhaps that’s for the best. This period of transition provides us with an opportunity to rethink, reimagine, and redefine what it means to be a truly inclusive, welcoming, actively anti-racist, multigenerational, beloved community. We are all called to be spiritual architects, building a new way together.

I’m curious to know what you see when you envision a post-pandemic “new normal” for our church community. What changes would you like to make? What would you like to remain the same? Are there specific traditions or practices that you wouldn’t dream of letting go? Are there some you might be ready to release? Do you have thoughts or wishes about how we offer worship services, how we structure religious education programming, or how we welcome and engage everyone in the life of the congregation? If so, I want to hear from you! Everyone’s voice matters—children, elders, and all those in between. If you have an idea, I’d love to hear about it. Please email your ideas to me at [email protected]. As an incentive, everyone who emails me will have their name entered into a drawing for a Barnes & Noble gift card!

You are welcome to share your ideas with me any time, all year long. However, if you’d like to be entered into the drawing, be sure to email me by March 20.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

With love and hope,

Gina

Gina Campellone, Director of Religious Education