Newsletter articles are due to the church office on the 20th of each month. So I write this on March 20th, the Spring Equinox and full moon. This is the closest coincidence of a full moon with the Spring Equinox since 2000 – 19 years ago. The full moon and equinox won’t happen less than one day apart again for another 11 years – until March 2030.
It makes me think of circles. The circle of the full moon, the circle of time in a day, the circular cycle of the seasons.
Spring is the season of ploughing and sowing – seed planting. On March 17, during worship, we planted seeds. You were invited to plant one for yourself – for something that is yearning to come even more alive in you; and one for this congregation – a seed of potential and impact.
In just a few days, the seeds began to sprout.
Circles are also a symbol of wholeness and unity. One of our favorite songs to sing is Draw the Circle Wide:
“Draw the circle, Draw the circle wide,
Draw the circle, Draw the circle wide.
No one stands alone, We’ll stand side by side.
Draw the circle, Draw the circle wide.”
It is based on this quote:
“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him in!”
So this month, I invite you to share with someone your answers to these questions:
When were you first invited into a circle that helped you feel whole? How does that story still direct you today? Who do you need to invite in?
PS – When I mention an article or book in a sermon, I link to it here: http://uuchurchofboulder.org/kellys-reading-list/. That way you can explore if you would like!