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Letter from the Minister: April 30, 2024

Peace and Mercy upon you, upon us all,

It is May and I know I find myself looking at the news of happy things like graduations and celebrations, while trying to not look at the news of all of the divisive things — like a kid peeking through his fingers at a scary movie. And the headlines get me — the local scandals; the reports on inflation, price gouging, and late stage capitalism; the political scene in our state and nation, and the hate legislation that keeps coming, denying people rights.

It behooves us to not lose hope. Experience in grief tells me, and many of us — we are stronger than we want to be. We can endure this and overcome this.

Sometimes it takes intentional thinking to cultivate the belief that challenges and changes present are gift-opportunities for learning and development for ourselves and our neighbors. Recognize that we, each of us, has the capacity to adapt and grow in response to change. Here are a few things that might help.

Practice Mindfulness: Stay present in the moment and observe your thoughts and emotions without judgment. Mindfulness can help you develop greater self-awareness and acceptance of change as it occurs.

Seek New Experiences: Step outside of your comfort zone and actively seek out new experiences. Whether it’s trying a new hobby, exploring a different culture, or learning a new skill, exposing yourself to unfamiliar situations can help you become more adaptable.

Focus on What You Can Control: Understand that while you may not always be able to control external circumstances, you can control how you respond to them. Instead of dwelling on things beyond your control, focus on taking positive actions that can influence the outcome. Sometimes that’s reminding yourself to empathize, and to love.

Build a Support System: Surround yourself with supportive friends, family members or colleagues, and church members who can provide encouragement and perspective during times of change. Talking and sharing your experiences with others can help alleviate feelings of isolation and uncertainty.

Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind and compassionate toward yourself as you navigate through change. Treat yourself with the same understanding and empathy that you would offer to a friend facing similar challenges. You are someone you love.

I hope you all can get out  and experience nature; the May sunshine helps to lift my worries too. Barbecues, graduation parties, and celebrations are great ways to connect with others. The lake and river waters are great for exploring. I hope you all have a great May full of hope and connection.


Rev Will