An Excerpt from”Making Promises, Making Covenants” by Janeen K Grohsmeyer
Do you remember your first day of school? I remember mine. Your parents and grandparents probably remember their first days, too. Probably everyone remembers, no matter how long ago it was.
Going to a new place and starting something new can be exciting… and sometimes a little scary. We have a lot of questions:
“Where do I sit?”
“What time do we eat?”
“Where is the bathroom?”
“Am I allowed to climb the trees?”
“Does the teacher expect me to do homework?”
And, of course, “When can we go outside to play?”
At school, the teacher shows us where things are and explains how things work. She tells us the rules. Once we know what we are expected to do and what we are allowed to do, it’s not so scary anymore.
Starting a new Church year can feel very much like our first day of school. The children go to their first day of classes with new teachers just like during the school week. Of course, they’re shocked when we go outside to do community garden cleanup. The adults go to their small group discussion to talk about what it means to be in community with other adults. The adults and children meetup again in coffee hour to compare notes and realize “Hey, this place is different!” At Third Unitarian Church (or TUC as we affectionately call it) we covenant to take care of each other, and take care of this world. Total chaos is not kind to the teachers, just as totalitarian dictatorships are unkind to the citizens. At TUC we labor to find a middle ground. May we enjoy re-covenanting each Sunday we come together.
The RE Department at TUC!