Greetings from General Assembly 2006

Greeings to my lovely internship congregation, FUUSM, and all other readers. I’m going to try to keep this updated particularly for our church and for any First Parish Cambridge readers, whom I am honored to represent here as a delegate. All is well here, although big groups stress me a little. I’m trying to remember to be Buddha-like, take deep breaths and remember that this is FUN not stressful. But so many people… so many things going on. And, my biggest annoyance, the internet in my hotel room COSTS. Free internet should be mandatory.

I loved the banner parade especially the music. We sang a few songs and I was reminded of a certain music director’s statement about UUs being God’ frozen people. I wanted to lift my hands and dance around or at least sway to some of the music (I mean, there was a Jazz band) but stayed semi-frozen myself so as not to look like a weirdo. I feel like we need to bring in some Baptists or Pentecostals to train us on how to truly WORSHIP – God, or the divine, or humanity, or the earth or something because our “worship” doesn’t seem very heartfelt (although I KNOW that it is). I just miss and love so much feeling the music and feeling the spirit. But not to complain. It was a WONDERFUL ceremony. At least three times the people talking said something and I just couldn’t help but say amen (quietly) and shake my head. Much of what was said was stuff I could really relate to and say “Yes! This is my home! These are my people!” although I had a very sad feeling too that so many people were missing. People who don’t yet feel welcome or connected to our tradition. Like the woman from St. Louis whom I spoke with on the train. She was so friendly and kind to me. Just chatting away and happy to answer any of my questions about the area. But would she feel comfortable here? Not yet. And I want to make a faith that would make her feel comfortable.

I went to the opening ceremony (that’s where the pictures are from) and spent an hour at the UFETA booth where I’m selling my mom’s stoles to help raise $ for UFETA (and for my mom – UFETA gets a % of the profits). As a delegate, my time is pretty cramped so there will not be long updates (I know – you must be crushed).

Okay, off to meetings. I’m sorry but I don’t have time to spellcheck this so if there are mistakes, my apologies.

Oh, one more thing. I love it in one of the reports that gives the demographics for people who work for the UUA, there are varies ethnicities listed and male, female, and other. I just love it that I have a denomination that lists other right next to male and female with no need for explanation.

And they all said…………. Amen.

Look at those stoles. Beautiful. Yay Mom!

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3 Responses to Greetings from General Assembly 2006

  1. Anonymous says:

    Elizabeth…
    I am so taken with your blog!
    You go girl!
    xoxo
    Kit/Kyle
    Bardstown, KY

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Kit and Kyle! So glad you read this and glad you like it. Can’t wait to see you someday when we move back to the area. I will buy lots of flowers from you. Much love, Elizabeth

  3. Anonymous says:

    Greetings Dear Elizabeth. Jan’s stoles are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.
    I’m reading on now. Bobby wanted me to short-cut in so he can read later.

    Love you & wish you were here,
    Jean

    PS I’ve applied for a Frequent Flyer Credit Card so I can eventually visit.

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