This Sunday, March 20 we will move to a multiplatform service, with people in attendance in our sanctuary. I cannot express how excited that I am to be gathering in person again. I’ll remind you that our policies call for everyone to be wearing a high quality mask, and we’ll continue to have registration until we reach a risk level where our policies allow us to relax our monitoring. Remember that we’re doing this to make in-person worship safely accessible for the most people, and continuing our online worship, so that those who cannot join us safely, still have access to our services.
This week, as well, we’ll be opening our Kids Corner. Karliy Coleman will be there to welcome and supervise children in the sanctuary in a designated spot that has some soft toys, coloring, books, and other opportunities to explore and create during our service. Please let us know when you register that you’ll be bringing your child(ren) along!
Coming up next week, you’re all invited to attend the inaugural John Biddle Lecture that will be held in person at the Bayshill Unitarian Church in Cheltenham, England and online over Zoom. I was invited last summer to offer the first one to offer the lecture and it will finally be taking place on Wednesday, March 23 at 12:00 noon, Pacific time.
The lecture reflects on the example set by the Reverend John Biddle, a Unitarian ancestor. His legacy to us is his unwillingness to be silent about his deepest beliefs, and his clarity about the necessity of living a Godly life. I’ll be blending my personal journey with an excavation the ties between the trafficking in humans in the US and the complicity of the industrial north of England. Knowing all this, how do we live into the future in a way that can dismantle that legacy?
You can find more information here: https://www.unitarian.org.uk/event/john-biddle-annual-event
We are indeed entering a new phase of the pandemic. May we re-enter each other’s presence with care and kindness and gently.