Rev. gail LINDSAY MARRINER
UU Santa Fe Minister
“Curiouser and curiouser,” said Alice at the beginning of chapter two of Alice in Wonderland. In the preceding chapter she has fallen down a rabbit hole, shrunk to mouse size and then grown again to 9 feet tall. She takes all of these strange events more or less in stride, mumbling softly “curiouser and curiouser.” Curiosity is an adaptive attitude when you and the world around you are changing. Since we and our world are both in a state of constant transformation, curiosity seems a timely theme for this next month.
But most of us are only selectively curious about the world. There are authors I love and those that don’t interest me. There are whole areas of study and recreation that are completely outside of my sphere. I have no interest in cars or exotic vacations but I am fascinated by native plants and circus arts. There are several strategies to strengthen curiosity though. We can dive deeper into something we already enjoy. We can explore an adjacent territory; for example, if we love wild flowers we might branch out and learn about native fungi or trees. Then again, we might take a risk and try a tiny bite of something completely novel – a different culture, a different art form, a discipline we never studied in school.
I invite you to try all three strategies as we explore our theme this month: a deep dive into something you love, take a side trip into a neighboring topic, risk a tiny sip of something completely different. I’m planning a deep dive into the literature on curiosity and a side trip into pop culture. I’m taking suggestions for a sip of something completely different – let me know if you have an idea.
REV. GAIL LINDSAY MARRINER
UU Santa Fe Minister
When I was a Divinity School student in Boston, I used to join the May Day revels on the banks of the Charles River. We gathered at sunrise and danced our way along the river and across the bridge where we met and shook hands with a group of undergraduates in formal wear making their way home after their May Day Ball. The words to one of the carols began “Sommer is a cumin in! Loud sing cuckoo!” The end of the winter and the winding down of the academic year, the coming of summer holidays, a time to celebrate!
May is celebration month around here too. Its every bit as crammed full of observances as December. And summer is a coming in, the weather is glorious and the lilacs are blooming. And we will mix business with pleasure as we plunge into spring cleaning, share flower communion, sing and drum our hearts out on a music Sunday, clean out our closets and raise some money in our annual mega-sale and elect new leaders and vote on a budget at our congregational meeting. The unofficial theme for the month seems to be, “Many Hands Make Light Work, Many Friends Make a Party!” I’ll be in the thick of it and I invite you to come and enjoy every bit of it with me!
Blessings, Rev. Gail
Steven serves UU Santa Fe as Consulting Lifespan Learning Director
For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn. — Ernest Hemingway
I was at a religious educator's retreat in March. One of our leader's had us spend time writing a six-word story of our life or where we "were at" at the moment. Here's mine:
"Born 1954. Lived well. Moved on."
Like in public speaking, keeping it short is challenging. Ponder this quote, attributed to various authors, "If you want me to speak for an hour, I am ready today. If you want me to speak for just a few minutes, it will take me a few weeks to prepare.” So, what's your story? What would you tell someone about yourself in six words? Have engraved on your headstone? Where are "you at" at the present time?
I would be the first to admit that living your story is better way to spend your time than writing it. But writing it out may have merit--give you insight into yourself. Give it a try. Or, could you write a six-word story about UU Santa Fe? Give that a try. My point is, our stories, individual and collective, are important. What we do matters. What we say, less so.
One of the labels for God (or use your own label for the Ultimate) is: god is a Story. Just that, an emerging story about everything, everywhere, throughout all time. Right now, I am in the "living well" part of my story. The "moving on" is yet to come. If you are brave, send me your story and maybe we can share with the whole UU Santa Fe community.
Live your story. See you on Sunday.