Minister’s Column 9-20-17:
It is said that we are all like Scheherazade. That bright young woman, told stories every night in order to distract a vengeful king and stay alive. We all share stories to make sense of our lives, to connect with others, and thereby increase our joy and lighten our difficulties. But it matters how you tell a story. Some storytellers lose their narrative amid too many details, or forget to find any point to their telling. Other people will tell things “slant” and leave out very important facts.
For instance, on the 10th of October the United States honors part of its history. Columbus Day was created, in part, to affirm the contributions of a minority. But in uplifting Italian Americans, this nation deepened our diminishment of Native Americans. Thus, on Sunday, October 8th in Cedars worship, we will celebrate First Nations Sunday. This is not a day to wallow in the sorrows, or strengths, of others but to invoke our own wholeness and truth.
Then on the 15th of October we will hold a special workshop on telling the story of Cedars. Please plan to come for the worship service at 10:00 a.m., in which we will relate the history of Cedars to a larger story. More importantly, I hope every member and friend of this congregation will plan to stay for another couple of hours on that Sunday. We will share a light lunch and then have fun in a further exploration of the meaning of our past. Please plan to join in collective storytelling on Sunday, October 15.
Rev. Thomas Perchlik, our new minister, began his work with Cedars on August 1, 2017. Rev. Perchlik was ordained in early 1991 and has served congregations in Wyoming, Texas, Indiana, Missouri, and has most recently been minister of the Olympia UU Church. He is married to Amy Genova and they are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Emily and Molly.