February 7, 2018 – Perseverance Pays Off
steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.“his perseverance with the technique illustrates his single-mindedness”
synonyms: persistence, tenacity, determination, staying power, indefatigability, steadfastness, purposefulness;
The holiday festivities are over and the bills have added up. Many of us are back to work with those ho-hum routines again. The nightly news can be discouraging and the mornings are colder than we may like them to be.
But still we persist…
One of my favorite sayings is “Success is about getting knocked down ten times but standing up eleven.” We each have so much to look forward to in the coming year. Love is “in the air” this month. Spring flowers and sunny beaches are just around the corner. In the meantime, we must remember to carry on making the most of each new day. Make someone smile. Pay a kindness to someone in need. Give of your time and energy to a cause that moves you when you can. Accomplish a task you thought was out of reach. These acts will serve to recharge your spiritual battery as you plow through the last of winter.
January 1, 2018 – Starting the New Year with Intention
Welcome 2018! It is a new year and we are the same us… but with new energy. We all start with new resolution and intention to make a difference and be a better person in the coming year.
What does intention mean?
- a thing intended; an aim or plan
- the action or fact of intending
- a person’s designs
- MEDICINE the healing process of a wound
Synonyms: intent, intentionality, deliberateness, design, calculation
Intention is not only deciding and planning on a aim or goal but the commitment to act on the steps needed to accomplish it. Intention without action is just day dreaming. Let’s get to work in 2018!
After all, there is so much work to done.
December 1, 2017 – Holiday of Lights and Our UU Celebration of Chalica
There are so many diverse celebrations of hope, light, and love this time of year. May hope for the community of earth be with you now and for all the days to come.
Our theme word for December this year is “Hope.”
Chalica is a holiday celebrated by Unitarian Universalists. It traditionally begins on the first Monday in December and lasts seven days, though a seven-week variant beginning in January is also observed. On each of the seven nights (or weeks), a different principle of Unitarian Universalism is honored. On each day, a chalice is ignited, the day’s principle is read, and ways of honoring the principle are enacted, such as volunteering or donating to a social justice cause. There is no rule for how the chalice or display should look, but there are traditionally seven candles around the chalice, one for each principle.
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Throughout the ages, the great prophets, sages, and scientists have recognized that all beings are formed of energy and vibration. Many of us like to think our “being” or “sense of self” is almost wholly unseen. Today we invite each other to start a process of awareness of this unseen part of ourselves. From this exploration of that place, perhaps we will manifest our desires by using our thoughts and our feelings.
Getting right into the feeling place when manifesting, is like super charging our desires, and speeding up the receiving process, rather than just repeating ideas and affirmations. From this important self-love or self-work, we can become more conscious of ourselves. From that place of inner awareness, we can create an extraordinary life for ourselves, our congregation, and our community. All of this simply by being who we truly are and in doing so help others do the same.
If we just focus on the “reality” we see around us now, we will only keep getting what we have. We must strive to let go of how things are now as they are only the product of what we have previously thought and believed. We are a dynamic energetic vibrational beings and we CAN create our life however we wish it to be. The only limitations that exist are the ones we put on ourselves.
So this November, I challenge each of us…
Use our amazing imagination… get playful with it. We might feel like a bit of a crazy person when we start or we may feel like we are lying to ourselves. That’s ok. All we are doing is taking our attention off what is or what we have already created in our life and telling a new story that will show up the more we believe it, the more we speak it, and the more we live it.
Now here’s the tricky part… the start of each new day. Take a moment and find our center. If our minds wants to go back to complaining about the way it is now, we must work to relax, not give those thoughts too much attention, and to fill our thinking up as much as possible with our new story.
We will and we must change our lives and our community!
Our theme work for November is “Abundance.”
May this journey bring each of us…
Abundance in Faith.
Abundance in Spirit.
Abundance in Life.
Abundance in Hope
Abundance in Compassion.
Abundance in Love.
Abundance in Thanksgiving and Gratitude..
– President Pamela
October 11, 2017 – Happy Fall Y’all.
Although it still feels like summer here on the Grand Strand, the fall season is actually here.
Our many Fall celebrations:
9-22 Autumn Equinox
9-30 Yom Kippur – Jewish Day of Atonement
10-04 Sukkot – Jewish “Feast of Booths or Tabernacles” Celebrates the Harvest of the Fruits
10-05 St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of the Animals
(Although we are recognizing this event on Oct 15th at 3pm)
10-09 Indigenous Peoples Day (Never mind… that one guy Columbus)
10-11 National Coming Out Day
10-19 Diwali – Hindu Festival of Light
10-22 United Nations Day
10-31 Halloween, Harvest Festival, and Samhain – Gaelic Harvest
11-01 All Saints Day Catholic Remembrance of Ancestors
11-02 All Souls Day Catholic Remembrance of Ancestors
11-05 Fall back our clocks 1 hour
11-11 Veterans Day
11-20 Transgender Day of Remembrance
11-23 Thanksgiving and Football
That is a whole lot to celebrate!
Our theme word for the month of October is “Courage.”
How appropriate Courage is for this month. We are weary following the damaging hurricanes and wildfires not to mention the horrific shooting events in Las Vegas. The unpredictable drum beat of war rings loud these days.
Many of us may want to turn off the news and pretend the world is not as chaotic and hate-filled as it appears. We want to pull the covers over our head.
Courage helps us face these unwelcome changes and challenges. It gives us grace under pressure. It gives us strength to stand up and speak out. It gives us energy to help those less fortunate in their overwhelming times of need.
Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to act in the presence of fear.
Remember it is easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to lead it.
September 17, 2017 Welcome home
As the incoming President of the Board for our beloved All Souls Waccamaw Unitarian Universalist Congregation, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all our members and guests in the new 2017-2018 church year. I hope each of you had fun, productive and safe adventures this summer. Our end of summer pool party was a big hit on September 3rd.
I am sure we are all busy this week. Hurricane Irma brought us more than we bargained for with our Homecoming Water Communion last Sunday September 10th. We are resilient, hard working, and a positive bunch of people and will recover. I am pleased to announce that there is no visible damage to our sanctuary. The few fallen limbs will get picked up this week to tidy things up. If any member or friend to the congregation is need of help, please let us know. Many hands make light work.
Speaking of many hands…
On behalf of the congregation, I want to extend a sincere thank you to our to previous board members: President Katie Reitman, Vice President Michael Beeler, Treasurer Chuck Wimberly, and Secretary and RE director Kristen McClellan.
I also want to acknowledge the efforts of our former Pulpit Chair Rho Anderson, our Membership Coordinator Sally Hattig, and our dedicated volunteers maintaining the grounds Don Skleener and Veronica Walters. To each of you and many more, thank you so much for your commitment and contributions.
We are looking for volunteers for the many tasks required to maintain the health of our church. There will be a brief board and membership meet and greet following the service on September 17th with more info.
Our theme word for the month of September is “Welcome.”
We have some outstanding speakers lined up this fall to inspire and strengthen our community. We have planned a fun kid’s curriculum for Religious Education, too. We will be learning about World Religions and reflecting on the universal oneness of all people. Visit our calendar for more info.
I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces and enjoying our fabulous potlucks this year!
President Pamela Lynn Ray