Board Notes: Mystery

One of my favorite hymns is “Where Do We Come From?” by Brian Tate:

     Where do we come from?

     What are we?

     Where are we going?

     Sing in a three-part round:

  1. Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
  2. Where do we come from?
  3. Mystery. Mystery. Life is a riddle and a mystery.

I never remember it as “Where Do We Come From?”, but rather as “Mystery.  Mystery.  Life is a riddle and a mystery.”  It is one of those tunes that will get stuck in my head and repeated all day long . . . Mystery. Mystery. Life is a riddle and a mystery.

But the real mystery here is not where we come from, but where are we going?  As a congregation, we are on the edge of a new beginning.  We have almost completed expanding our building, and now we can begin expanding our mission.

As a part of our Mission Statement, we covenant to:

✦ Commit time, talent and treasure to promote positive change in ourselves and in the world

✦ Care for each other through deep listening and genuine kindness while assuming good will

✦ Create a safe environment by respecting and trusting one another

✦ Encourage each other to express our authentic selves, supporting, inspiring, and challenging each other’s quest for truth, meaning and spiritual growth

✦ Nurture a diverse and welcoming congregation

Expanding my contributions to UUFA will mean more closely following these covenants.  After a recent stay in the hospital and a stint in rehab, I was the recipient of several UUs who were committing their time and talent to me, aiding in my recovery.  I received visits, was helped with daily activities like getting groceries, was serenaded while in recovery by five dear ladies, received home-baked treats and thoughtful gifts.  All of this made me more aware of how little I had contributed to others, and has given me the inspiration to devote more of my time and talent to others.

     Where do we come from?

     What are we?

     Where are we going?

Where am I going?  May we all challenge ourselves to solve that quandary . . . Mystery. Mystery.  Life is a riddle and a mystery. ~ Rosemary Wood, Board of Trustees, Member-at-Large

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