Change Agents, Together

As summer approaches, we realize that it’s been almost four years since we came to Cedars—wow! Four years. During that time we’ve done a lot (we hope) to help Cedars flourish. But we can’t help but notice that alongside that stability comes change—quite naturally, but nonetheless.

Change sounds good. It often even feels good, once the change has occurred. But actually going through change can be another matter. Someone once said that no one likes change except a wet baby and even the baby cries in the midst of it. Change is hard.

Yet, it truly is the only constant in this world of ours. Our bodies change as we grow and age. Our family changes as new family members join or leave. Our neighborhoods change as new homes are built, new families move in or out, and trees grow or are cut down. Change can be hard.

And, of course, our church changes along with everything else. New leaders emerge, new ideas and activities are tried while others get dropped, new people come into our beloved community. And while this is happening, some among us take breaks from leadership and sometimes folks leave us. It can be hard to look around and see more new faces than familiar ones. It can feel strange to discover that other people love some of the new things happening while others miss the old ways. Change can be hard.

So how do we handle it? We stay connected as we transition—that’s the key. If we understand deep down that change is inevitable and cannot be stopped, then it’s imperative that we learn to go with the flow and do our part to help things unfold in positive directions. While we do so, if we stay connected those who are having the hardest time with the change can feel support and care. And those who are exhilarated can remember to occasionally slow down and check in with the rest of us.

Change is hard. But it is essential to human growth. Our Unitarian Universalist faith teaches us that spiritual growth (aka change!) takes place best within the arms of community. Our faith teaches us that change is not to be feared but to be accepted as a natural part of the evolutionary process. And our faith teaches us that we have the power to effect change and must use that power wisely.

As summer waits enticingly around the corner and the planet once again reminds us that variable but reliable cycles are its earthly essence, let us commit to staying connected through whatever change is bound to come, in our personal and shared realms.

All the best,