To Be Continued: Flowers, Check-ins, and Readings

Dear Ones,

Last week I asked people for photos of flowers, for a special slide show for the flower communion. I’ve received a number of photos, and thank you to all who’ve sent some in! And, there’s still room for more! So, if you haven’t yet sent in a photo (or several) of flowers, please do so!

It would also be great to have some photos of our members for this slide show, because – as most of us know – the flower communion is about community! If you have an electronic photo or two of you, you and your partner/family, and would be okay sharing it with the Fellowship, please share!

If you haven’t joined us for a midweek check in, why not give it a try? We start with a reading and chalice lighting, and then check in and have a conversation. Wednesday evening and Friday morning! Links are at the website, the UUFB Beloved Community Forum, and this newsletter.

Something I shared in last week’s check in was a reflection from Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti (who is one of the co-editors of last year’s UUA Common Read, Justice on Earth). Mishra-Marzetti’s reflection was published in “Braver/Wiser,” which lands in my email every Wednesday. Anyone can subscribe to “Braver/Wiser!” They’re brief reads, sometimes humorous, always thoughtful, from UU ministers and laypeople. Here’s the link to subscribe.

As I write this, Gov. McMaster has begun allowing some businesses to reopen, and some states are seeing protestors demanding an end to stay-at-home orders. Frankly, as I read it, Gov. McMaster is beginning earlier than SC DHEC is recommending by at least a week. And given the demographics of our congregation, we will probably be holding virtual worship and meetings for at least several more weeks.

Thank you for being here, for being part of this Fellowship, and for staying connected!
I love you. You are beloved and precious. We will get through this. Stay safe, everyone.

Rev. Lori Hlaban