Artgoddess - glad to hear it went so well!
Adele - I'm sorry to hear about the decisions that were made.
Today was the last Sunday our minister will be joining us. She is moving to a congregation a few provinces away. For her, it is great! Tons of kids in the congregation, she is closer to her two kids who will be having grandchildren soon. We will miss her though.
Today was also our flower service and they welcomed new members (my husband and I were two of the three). It was lovely and they gave us some books and pins. They also had cake
We also had a small bridging ceremony, which was beautiful. Since I am coming to UU as an adult, this was never part of my growing up, but I hope that I can bring that to my daughter (and future children we hope to have). It is amazing how much our culture doesn't celebrate important transitions in our lives. I really loved how it all happened and the beauty in it's simplicity was great but the significance that underlies it all was...I don't even have words. I was almost crying and I have only known her less than a year! We certainly wish her all the best as she heads off to university in the fall.
Last week, I led an early summer solstice service. I happen to have trained as a wiccan priestess, so it is my background and a faith tradition I still walk every day, so it felt so normal. After the service was over, I was flooded with people telling me how great it was. One woman told me that she had not planned on coming because she was feeling very sad but she was glad she did as she was leaving so happy. I was still getting thanks almost a week after for having put the service together. As for me, I am just happy to have shared a part of me with the congregation and I feel like they might just understand a little bit more of who I am. In the service, everyone got to let something go that was no longer useful to them (thought, action, wish, etc) and they got to plant something new (and literally plant seeds to blossom). This week, I went to check on the plants, there were some that sprouted almost 4 inches! How awesome!