“For each child that’s born, a morning star rises and sings to the universe who we are…” (from We Are, by Ysaye Barnwell)
Who we are depends on so many factors: our family of origin (whether birth or adopted), our gender, our race, our socioeconomic class, our ethnicity, our country, and our faith. And then there are the stories that are told that shape our lives – and the stories we tell to shape others’ perceptions.
Our Soul Matters theme for the month of May is centered on being a people of Story. We tell stories about the history of our faith all the time: the story of Michael Servetus, the Unitarian martyr – and of John Murray and the Universalist miracle off the coast of New Jersey. There are a lot of stories to tell and to think about.
That’s what we’re going to be doing on Sundays this month. We’ll tell stories, examine them, and maybe re-tell them, shifting our view to see things from a different angle.
I’m interested to hear YOUR stories! As we get closer to summer and vacation, I’m also interested in story recommendations. Is there a novel that caught your interest and imagination in the past year? Let me know about it. I have an active library card, and am always looking for something to read when I have free time.
Be well, and stay safe everyone!
Rev. Lori Hlaban