REV. GAIL LINDSAY MARRINER
UU Santa Fe Minister
Beauty is our Soul Matters theme for July – and as I approach it with an open heart and gentle curious attention that we explored in June, I have been unearthing many delightful and thought provoking ideas. You will hear about many of them in the services this month – but you don’t need to wait until Sunday! Let me invite you to begin exploring this theme on your own. As you go about your ordinary life this month I invite you into a beauty scavenger hunt. I invite you to ask your self “what do I find beautiful?” You might discover you are attracted to symmetry and intricate detail, to vibrant color or shiny chrome. You might surprise yourself and discover the beauty of perfect iambic pentameter or the rhythms of big band jazz. Careful handcrafted object might catch your eye or maybe its machined perfection that makes your heart sing. There are so many places to find beauty: in nature, the arts, the sciences and technology. In Folk Art, Native American art and mid- century modern. How do you understand beauty? Which senses come to the forefront for you?
As you go about your days,I invite you to turn your open hearted awareness to the beauty around you. Go someplace you know you will find beauty or look around your daily environment. It’s easy to find beauty at the opera or the botanical garden, but can you discover beauty at the grocery store or the gas station? What about in your doctor’s office or in the mail piled on the kitchen counter? If you are so moved, and if it seems appropriate see if you might respond to the beauty you encounter by creating beauty of your own – a photo, a drawing, a poem…
Here are some categories of beauty I have been discovering this month perhaps they will give you ideas of where to begin your beauty scavenger hunt: youthful beauty, the beauty of age, beautiful relationships, natural beauty, wild beauty, extravagant beauty, subtle beauty, cultivated beauty, fractal beauty, symmetrical beauty, hand crafted beauty, machined beauty, beautiful spaces, beautiful landscapes, beautiful patterns, beautiful colors sounds, textures, flavors, fragrances, beautiful words, beautiful movement, unexpected beauty…
How many different kinds of beauty can you discover?
How may different kinds of beauty can you appreciate?
Walk in beauty friends,
Steven provides Program Minstry services to UU Santa Fe―managing Lifelong Learning, facilitating Community Life and supporting our Social Justice initiatives.
Ok. Things are different as of today. And they're not. As of today, I transition from a two-year interim Consulting Lifespan Learning Director position to a "settled" position (a three-year contract), providing program ministry services to UU Santa Fe. An interim Lifespan Learning Director is sort of like a religious educator "deluxe," with a much larger portfolio that just managing a lifespan learning program.
As far as we can tell, UU Santa Fe is a denominational pathfinder in creating a Program Ministry position. It's fun to be innovative! So, is this Awesome Sauce position going to feel different to you? Probably not (but it is a part-time position: 32 hours/week instead of 40). Because you see, that larger portfolio that I managed as an interim, is pretty much the one we memorialized in the Program Ministry job description excerpted below:
The Program Ministry staff member (PM) has primary leadership and executive responsibility for the development, integration, and support of UU Santa Fe lifelong learning, community life, and social justice initiatives. Working within our governance structure, and reporting to the Minister, the PM supports the mission and goals of UU Santa Fe by creating conditions that enrich our community, fosters spiritual growth, and promotes social action opportunities for its members and friends. The PM recruits, works with, leads, and supports volunteers in all facets of our community initiatives from visioning to implementation.
Roles & Responsibilities
Focus, align and integrate to the greatest extent practicable, our five core UU Santa Fe experiences: worship, lifelong learning, community life, social justice, and operational initiatives to make meaning in the lives of our members and friends. Execute these responsibilities with particular emphases on connecting congregants to community experiences relevant to their interests and promoting volunteer team mastery, consisting of a clear sense of direction, autonomy, shared leadership, and membership. This scope may include facilitating occasional interfaith initiatives."
It's my great pleasure to continue serving and caring for this Special Place.
Pour on the Awesome Sauce! See you on campus.