It’s autumn and the leaves are just spectacular this year so far… and I love it! Generally, the fall is the time of year when we slow down from the frenetic pace of summer activities packed into three short months of warmer weather. This year is very different. The pandemic remains present and activities look very different with virtual races, physical distancing and no singing in church. Like many of you, I long for a return to what is familiar, what I have loved, and what I truly miss. That said, I must remind all of us that we are blessed. I see new appreciation for family and friends, a reaching out to those we love and hold dear, and neighbors helping neighbors. The different pace has promoted dinners together, creativity in how we do things, and humor. As the church, we are moving forward in the work of the Kingdom in new ways which are both exciting and unnerving at the same time. The Holy Spirit does not rest and makes sure we do not rest on our laurels as well. We have work to do!
I would like to discuss two things with you in this message today. The first has to do with Imagine No Racism. In the last Pastor’s Pen, I suggested an article series that spoke on this issue and encouraged you to read and learn. I then promised that we will be exploring the topics of racial barriers in person because I do not feel they can be tackled on-line. In the meantime, we can begin preparation for this delicate subject by educating ourselves prior to our trainings. This month I would like to suggest a book entitled Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD. It is a national Best Seller and a sensitive look at racism in America and is considered to be a classic read on the subject. My hope is that you will read it and prayerfully explore the messages within it.
The second item in this message has to do with the piano in the sanctuary. It is a wonderful instrument and almost 100 years old. Work is needed to keep her at her optimum performance level…(just an aside… why are cars, trucks and pianos referred to as “her”?) This restorative work is to start in January and will be expensive. If you are moved to offer funding towards the work, it will be much appreciated! We are working on some fun, creative ways to help with this expense and Judy Knopp has some great ideas which I will allow her to share with you personally in another article.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Susan Hadley