We are being strict about who can be in the building and on the grounds of the church. We ask that you only come to campus for essential business and that before you come, you contact us (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can continue to coordinate how many people are on church grounds at the same time and communicate with Ingrid and the Little Apples Bilingual Learning Center.
There are many reasons for this: we care about the entire community’s health; we share responsibility for the health and safety of Ingrid and the kids; we have to be responsible as renters to the daycare; we want to honor the work of people working on the frontlines. It is all of that and because we love you.
My heart would never recover if our church became a location spreading coronavirus or if someone died because we did not do everything in our power to protect people.
Please trust me when I say that I understand your frustration. I, too, feel eager to jump back into active ways of being useful. This church does important work and we can all feel anxious about everything not getting done. It can feel so personal when the restrictions prevent us from doing what we love. It can mess with our sense of ourselves.
Lately, I have been reminding myself that worth does not come from work or productivity. As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that worth is inherent. We don’t have to prove it or earn it. It is already ours. The First Principle is being tested daily for me, as a person who is used to being busy and serving others. But the universe is providing me the chance to value myself for just being.
This is particularly important as we hear people saying things that are so devaluing. When we hear a politician say that some of us should be willing to “sacrifice” ourselves for the American way of life, we have to bring ourselves back to our center and remind our entire community that we are all valuable and worthy. It is a very UU response to such thoughtlessness to want to jump into action, fix the problem, and fight the fight. How ironic that the most responsible thing to do is stay home. This is not to say that there aren’t ways to act from the sofa; but it is also time to recognize that we need to value, as Parker Palmer says, “the Being part of human being.”
So if you ever hear me singing, “Do-be-do-be-do,” it is because I am reminding myself that I tend to focus on the doing, but now is the time to work on just being.