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From the Minister’s Study

Anne Barker
 

December 2019: Experiencing Our Sources

How did it get to be December already? Suddenly we are here in the dark season – short days, full of so much to do – surrounded by emerging signs of spirit and celebration. I love this time of year, with all the sparkling lights and rosy cheeks.

And, this year at our house, things are moving a little slower than usual, me with crunchy knees and Lori with a broken wing. What does the holiday season mean when your typical traditions need to be reimagined?

For us, it means the same as always – but at a slower pace. Time for loved ones; time to focus on what is good and meaningful. Time for reflection, for gratitude, and for hope. And, a time of awareness … of those around us who may not experience the season with so much support, or love, or hope.

Westwood hosts a ‘Comfort Tree’, for the four Sundays leading up to Winter Solstice, to help meet some of the needs of our immediate neighbours. Check out the Neighbour Centre’s Winter Wish List, for some ideas of needed items. And join us, for a Sunday … to help us ‘decorate’ the tree with socks and hats – all kinds of comfort. 

Our UU Sources – Westwood’s theme work for the year – bring home both the gifts of life and love, and the challenges these gifts are needed to meet. They help us to find perspective, grow depth, and rise to the needs around us – personally, within our communities, and especially for our beloved planet.

However we each answer the many calls of this season, my hope is that we are all able to respond from a place of safety, of community, and of peace.

 Blessings of the Season,

Rev Anne

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