A terrific affirmation about where we live:
Archive for November, 2013
“I think that somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.”
In my house, Saturday means Chore Time. It’s so hard to keep my floor spotless.
A couple of weeks ago I published a somewhat controversial post entitled “A Father’s Love for His Son” about a Methodist minister who conducted a wedding for his son … his gay son. And found himself in big trouble with his church and denomination for his actions.
Read the original post here.
Below are son Tim and dad, the Rev. Frank Schaefer.
The ruling for his actions came out this week: Guilty on two counts but only suspended … unless he breaks the rules again, and then he will be defrocked.
Read the CNN story here.
It’s nearly Thanksgiving, one of my Top Three Holidays! (After Christmas and Arbor day.) Here’s what I’m happy the week before Thanksgiving:
1. Beautiful, beautiful Savannah Fall!
(Gorgeous tree I kept staring at in daughter Amy’s front yard.)
2. Monkeying and Unicorning around! (In Big Lots.)
3. Putting Grandtwin Madison to sleep.
4. Grandsons Gabriel and Matthew in the strangest of places:
5. The last meeting of my Incredible SCAD ESL class.
We had a little food for our final meeting.
Be Pre-Thanksgiving-ish this weekend!
The good folks at the Statesboro Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (especially the Pastoral Care Associate–Shari Barr and the Minister–Reverend Dr. Jane Altman Page) up the road in my old stomping ground of Statesboro, Georgia, where I taught at Georgia Southern University for twenty-plus years, invited me to deliver the message at last Sunday’s service. What fun! What joy!
I’ve visited a UU fellowship a time or two before, but had not really looked into their beliefs. It seems they hold seven principles to be guidance:
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Wow! All beliefs I hold as important in life.
I arrived a bit early and took pics outside their building.
Once inside, Shari met me and explained the order of the service.
And here I am with the Rev. Jane (who I knew for years as a colleague at Georgia Southern).
Before the service I reconnected with old friends, such as Donna Jones, an officemate of mine in the English Department for years at GSU:
My talk entitled “Becoming a Balcony People,” about the importance and power of encouragement, went over SO well with the group, mainly because of the attentive folks in attendance.
(Okay, I know I look a little goofy in that picture.)
What are Balcony People, you ask? Here’s a brief excerpt from my message:
I submit for your consideration this morning the very simplistic notion that there exist two kinds of people: Balcony People and Basement People. Balcony People are the folks you come in contact with who encourage you, bless you, give of themselves in some way. They climb the steps up into your balcony, so to speak, lean over the railing, and yell, “You’re doing great!” “Keep going!” “I appreciate you so much.” “You help make my life better.” “I love you.” “No, your butt’s not too big. Really!”
But in addition to Balcony People, there’s a second category of folks, Basement People. Basement People go down the steps of your basement, where it’s Dark and Damp and Depressing … and then try to pull you down with them! They wound with words, or the absence of words. They harm and cause damage. They verbally vandalize.
I love the UU symbol:
May we all allow our true inner lights of goodness and joy to shine forth.
Thank you, Statesboro UU. May all good continue to flow to you!
Link for full transcript.
Another cool link about the importance of smiling.
Go UU folks!