April 20 Minister Moment

April is such a busy month! Tonight (Friday April 20) is our third time running Death Cafe … an intentionally maudlin-sounding name for a specific, guided reflection on our own mortality.  The program was developed to help people “make the most of their (finite) lives” by speaking and listening and perhaps eating cake.


Most folks will forget the cake, even though it is an important part of the event, and maybe they forget what was said, but from the conversation they might develop more awareness of their values and needs. It’s not a counseling session, and if you are coming with hopes of either getting counseling or making others sympathize with you, please don’t. Instead, I would be glad to listen, or the members of our Lay Pastoral Associate team will sit with you and listen, one on one. If you want, we can even help you find counseling. Just as we do not try to convince others in the circle during our Covenant Groups, our time of directed discussion should be received as reflection.  

The Cafe is a lovely event for couples, for parents and their adult children, and for young adults and youth thinking about the mortality of their parents and grandparents. Thank you to the Caring Team for their leadership in putting on the event! We will break into several groups, including ones that are accessible. And there is cake.

Sunday is our first all-ages Music Sunday in a few years. Matt Griset, our Music Director, has been rehearsing musicians in pieces with a variety of styles. It will be fun. Dr. Brian Brennan and I will be helping too.

After the service I’ll begin a number of activities, including a trip to Erie, Pennsylvania to “candidate” for a ministerial call (to see the announcement: uuerie.org) I have loved my time in Norfolk, and am already missing your warmth, creativity and talent as I begin learning about a new congregation. We still have several services together, including our “Bridging Service” on June 10th (And perhaps our first service at 809 on the 17th?)

I have also been reading up about immigration from south of the border in preparation for a trip with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to Arizona. I’m planning to report back what I saw on Memorial Day Weekend. 

That’s about it for this week. There is a work day at 809 on Saturday; I hope the weather is good!  Also, please mark your calendar for Clean The Bay with CVUU… June 2.

With love,
Rev Charlie