Dear Members and Friends,

As we welcome the warm embrace of summer, we also embark on a journey of exploration and connection at East Shore UU Church. This season, our focus revolves around the rich tapestry of culture, with a special emphasis on kindness.

Our Kids’ Religious Education program will be delving into the beautiful concept of kindness – if you’re curious ask Melany, our RE Coordinator, about it. Through stories, activities, and discussions, we aim to nurture the seeds of compassion and empathy in our young ones, fostering a community where kindness flourishes naturally.

July and August bring with them two vibrant themes centered on Kindness: “Kindness in Action” and “Cultivating Kindness.” These themes echo the essence of summer – a time of vacations and travel, but also of deepening our bonds with one another. Whether it’s spending time on the serene shores of a lake, cheering on the Guardians or Lake County Captains, sharing laughter around a barbecue, or getting the heart pumping with invigorating hikes, we recognize that these moments of connection are the threads that weave the fabric of our community.

As we embrace the spirit of kindness and connection, let us remember that even the smallest acts of compassion can have a ripple effect, shaping the world around us. Whether it’s a smile to a stranger, lending a helping hand, or simply taking the time to listen, let us embody the values of love and understanding that lie at the heart of our Unitarian Universalist faith.

In the midst of summer’s adventures, let us also pause to reflect on the profound beauty of the world around us. From the rustling leaves in the forest to the gentle waves lapping against the shore, may we find inspiration in the interconnectedness of all living beings, and may that inspiration guide us as we strive to create a world filled with kindness and compassion.

As we embark on this journey together, let us embrace the warmth of the season and the richness of our diverse cultural tapestry. May our shared experiences deepen our bonds and strengthen our commitment to building a more just and loving world.

With gratitude and warmth,

Rev. Will