Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship  on  life's  sacred  journey

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. The one to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: their eyes are closed. – Albert Einstein

A Message From Our Minister

The winter holidays bring us many things, some helpful and some not so much so. We sometimes experience stress and worry about gifts and family gatherings (or the lack of them). We have wonderful memories (or fantasies) we can’t seem to live up to or memories we’d like to forget.

Perhaps this might be a year when we stop and really consider, right at the beginning of the month, what we’d like most to experience in this holiday season. Maybe all in our family unit could do this and then share lists. Maybe we could share our lists with a close friend.

And from those lists, it could be we could each choose our top two things and then brainstorm how we might accomplish them. What would it need to look like or feel like for us to know we succeeded? What are five different ways we could make that happen? What’s one thing we might commit to doing?

Each of us brings our own needs, memories, values, and fantasies to the season. It’s good to help one another explore what’s most important to us during this time. It’s good to understand the values that we wish to promote or cultivate and aim our gatherings and activities around those.

Whatever we decide to do, may we be tender with one another during this month of holy days. May we each find ways to make the holidays a time of positive meaning for us.

Wishing you joy and gratitude (and even some wonder) throughout the month and into the new year,