I say it frequently, that I’m grateful for Ancient Sea Island Continuum (ASIC), our pagan affinity group, which is also affiliated with the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS). At least twice a year it’s my pleasure to co-create a service for our congregation that integrates the pagan/wiccan practices of this group. Our “Summer’s End” service last Sunday, blended Samhain and the remembrance of All Souls in a beautiful way.
Afterward I heard feedback from some who weren’t quite sure they’d stay, then were glad for the opportunity to observe the ritual, as well as to have time and space to think about loved ones who have died. For me, it was a good reminder that creating a “joyful sanctuary” includes making space for tears and sadness.
In my experience, it’s only through allowing ourselves to experience grief or sorrow that we’re able to make our way back to joy. Mindfulness: learning to pay attention, sitting with feelings and letting them fade has been an important practice for many. We’ll look at the art and importance of paying attention this coming Sunday.
I hope you’ll join us for services, and our annual auction, and other events throughout the month!
Rev. Lori Hlaban