June can be an exciting month. When I was a child the warm days of late spring and the end of the school year created anticipation as summer meant more time with friends playing outdoors until the street lights came on. After the final report card our only concern was finding spots to splash in cool creeks, riding on borrowed bikes to the penny candy store, and pickup baseball games with teams assembled from whoever happened to be available.
For UUCNC, mid-June signals the last of the weekly Sunday services at “222” until September. This break offers more time with friends and family, or time spent outdoors on warm summer evenings.
Having a break from our routine can refresh us, allow space for new and exciting experiences. Adversely, some of us feel change as unsettling; we miss the continuity of weekly gatherings and look to September as a welcome return to the familiar.
Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum of summer experiences, may you find ways to connect more deeply with yourself, your friends and families. May you pause to hear the sounds of the birds singing; feel the brush of a soft breeze on your face as you watch the sun set.
June marks the end of my ministry with you, Beloveds. I will take time over the next many months—and even years—to feel the beauty and love you have shared with me. I will reflect upon your vision to create and grow a place where Radical Love embraces each being who crosses your threshold. May each person welcomed by you feel that Love as if the soft breeze of summer was welcoming them home.
Many blessings, and much love to each of you. You have changed me with your Love.