School starting and the fall ingathering reminds us that it is time to start another church year. With all the uncertainty in our church schedule, the building remodel and Mike’s sabbatical, there is a tendency on my part to hunker down and take a “one day at a time” attitude. But there is also opportunity in this time of chaos to take a close look at what we are doing. What are the key issues to address in our society? How can we as a church make an impact? Where do we want to be in 5 years? I do not have an answer but now is a good time for discussions.
Our Racial Justice project gave us much food for thought in their presentations over the last few months. First Unitarian has an opportunity to lead our local community in shining light on the issues of white privilege and oppression of people of color. What should we do in our own community? Do we want to change our “frame” to be more open to people of color joining us? What mechanism can we use to call attention to local issues of white privilege?
The sanctuary movement continues to need our help. Because our building is not available as sanctuary doesn’t mean the committee has stopped working. I anticipate there will be continued need for volunteers and support for the other local congregations that are protecting immigrants from deportation. I’m wondering if we can advocate for changing immigration law to a more rational system?
We have continued to sponsor homeless initiatives although our volunteers go to other churches during the construction. There have been some interesting initiatives in other cities across the U.S. Can we expand our advocacy to help Denver try some of these alternatives?
When we are out of our building we will be having church services at Manual High School. There is an opportunity to engage in the neighborhood around the school and get a new perspective on the issues that face us. There is an opportunity while Mike is on sabbatical to think about pulling in some speakers to challenge us to rethink our habits and rituals. We have a wonderful, vibrant, and engaged community. Clearly, we do not want to throw the baby out with the bath water. But maybe we do want to take time to rethink what we are doing and where we are going.