UU Westside is a liberal Congregation with members of many beliefs and lifestyles. We gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world. UUWC is a WELCOMING and GREEN Sanctuary.
BRING: If you have a charm of black, red & white yarn woven in winter with intentions for spring fruition, bring it and we will complete the spell!
or make one now & meditate upon what you learned / how you’ve grown over winter’s journey to the underworld. (Natural fibers best – may be burned.)
Key actions to keep in mind during this time in the Wheel of the Year include openings and new beginnings. Work for improving communication and group interaction are recommended, as well as fertility and abundance. Ostara is a good time to start putting those plans and preparations you made at Imbolc into action. Start working towards physically manifesting your plans now. The most common colors associated with Ostara are lemon yellow, pale green and pale pink. However, also appropriate colors include grass green, all pastels, Robin’s egg blue, violet, and white. Stones to use during the Ostara celebration include aquamarine, rose quartz, and moonstone. Animals associated with Ostara are rabbits and snakes. Mythical beasts associated with Ostara include unicorns, merpeople, and pegasus. Plants and herbs associated with Ostara are crocus flowers, daffodils, jasmine, Irish moss, snowdrops, and ginger.
Foods in tune with this day (linking your meals with the seasons is a fine way of attuning with Nature) include eggs, egg salad, hard-boiled eggs, honey cakes, first fruits of the season, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey and ham. You may also include foods made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables.
Are you ready? On World Water Day, March 22, Commit2Respond will begin its first major collective campaign. Climate Justice Month will launch us into a fully-fledged movement, but only if we all join together.
Be a Climate Justice Month leader! Here are 5 ways you can get ready for Climate Justice Month:
Sign up to receive the Climate Justice Month daily messages in your inbox, full of faith-filled resources, powerful practices to engage in, and tools to understand how shifting to a low carbon future, advancing human rights, and growing the movement are our moral charge.
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Gather a group of friends, family, or people from your faith community if you have one and set aside time once or twice a week during Climate Justice Month to reflect together on the daily messages and discern how to support each other in committing to long term actions.
If you are part of a congregation, plan to celebrate World Water Day and Earth Day. Climate Justice Month will kick off with Climate Justice Sunday, and new worship resources for the entire month are now available.
Spread the word! It will take all of us to grow into a movement. Forward this email to your friends and community members, and check out our media page for cool shareable materials.
Get ready to revel in connection with the natural world, reckon with the impacts and injustices of climate change, reconnect with hope through relationship, and commit to long-term actions that will help save our world.
Rev. Nancy can be reached either by email at email@example.com or at her home phone: 505-717-2899. If you call either the church (896-8192) or her home, please leave a message so she can return your call.
Pursuing the Vision…..
UU Westside resides in the City of Vision in the Land of Enchantment. What more could anyone ask for in accepting a call to ministry?
Having assumed the duties of your Consulting Minister on the first of the year, it’s been an exciting beginning in many different ways. As your Consulting Minister I am charged with being your “spiritual guide and partner” and to “direct your congregation in its unique growth process”. Consulting Minsters are always part time and, unlike Interim Ministers who are (usually) forbidden to accept a full time call at the church they are serving, the Consulting Minister may do so. The duties of the Consulting Minister are less comprehensive than a full time Called Minister and are decided by the people and the minister based on the needs of the congregation and the skills of the minister. Another primary difference is that a Called Minister is decided upon by majority vote of the membership as stipulated in its by-laws. The Consulting Minister is called on the basis of the governing board’s vote.
So here I am, working 20 hrs./week at UUWC. I am contracted to lead Sunday Services twice a month and to do whatever other clergy tasks arise in the life of the community. That pretty much covers the role of “spiritual guide and partner” as well as the task to “direct your congregation in its unique growth process”. I am thoroughly enjoying the Sunday Services and the opportunities for pastoral care that have arisen. I really love the opportunity to engage people at the levels of heart and mind in all sorts of circumstances. As I shared in a recent sermon, I am a process oriented person. That doesn’t mean that I don’t care about results; I surely do! What it means is that I will use my existing skills to support the processes of communication and growth at UU Westside.
I realize that this article doesn’t really tell you very much that’s specific about what I expect to happen at Westside. That’s because it’s more of a “getting to know me” article than a “here’s what’s going to happen article.” I can’t tell you what’s going to happen because that’s not up to me; it’s up to you. What I can tell you now is that whatever the congregation comes up with, I will do my best to provide spiritual guidance and to nurture our ethical growth into an ever larger and healthier community. I know you all have ideas about that, so please share them with me!
Rev. Nancy Hitt
Quoted material in this article is taken from the uua.org website in its description of consulting and interim minister.