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A Letter from our Pastor

Dear UUCBV members and friends,

Allison and I are getting settled into our new positions. The church building project is going into construction. We are all functioning through another Covid surge. As Allison mentioned in her article, the theme for right now is “change”. Change is hard. It’s all kind of exciting and kind of stressful.

When we are stressed, we tend to go to what a psychologist might call our “stress behaviors.” Some people tend to withdraw, and almost say, in essence, “wake me up when it’s over.” Other people step up to the plate because they are good at being at the plate, and they don’t mind doing it, and they have the feeling they can fix it all. A third group might tend to flail around a bit, having anxious conversations with different groups of people, mostly resulting in a spread of anxiety all around all the groups. Fixing, flailing, fading…. I’m a fixer, and here is what I think. I think we need all of us as we navigate the turbulent waters of this time. Whitewater can be fun, and we are loving and smart and kind, and we can do this, and we all need all of us! I am so looking forward to working with you as we move forward together.

-- "We have not come here to take prisoners, But to surrender ever more deeply to freedom and joy. We have not come into this exquisite world to hold ourselves hostage from love...". Hafiz

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