Hello Unity Church Family,
As we enter into the spring, we see our daffodils and tulips emerge alongside the crocus and the pansy and new life and its many possibilities surround us. We have a healthy respect for nature and the turning of the seasons and new life feels like it wants to burst out as Massachusetts is one of the states with the highest vaccine rates and we know that soon, with respectful prudence, we will be able to return in person once again. I miss you all, and I miss our beautiful building and I also celebrate the ways our virtual services have been inclusive of members of the Unity Church Family who are further afield.
Our theme for the month of April is respect. When I think of the word, I think of the song and spelling out R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Respect comes from the Latin respicere, which is the willingness to look again or take a second look outside of a particular view. As we explore the topic, we also explore the holiest of days in the Christian Calendar with Easter. We will take a second look at Easter, examining what it means to take a second look and to still maintain some incredulity. The lineage of Thomas is part of our Unitarian Universalist makeup where we want to verify instead of taking things on their face value. We are the people who needed to see an empty tomb, because taking a second look isn’t about naivete. Respect is investigating to understand the more complete picture.
For our service on April 11th, we will discuss “Respect for the Interdependent Web”. When I was younger a friend joked that Unitarians would cast out evil spirits by saying “the power of brown rice compels you” but our respect for the interdependent web is a deeper and more profound spiritual truth than glib quips. We are believers in the way we are part of nature and nature is very much impacted by human action. We are linked with the natural world, and we are part of the natural world. Our denial of the natural world is at our peril.
Dr. Andrew Tripp
Coordinator of Ministry
Unity Church Easton