pic of me with love signHi Family,

Happy June!  For those of you graduating, reporting for active duty in one of the armed services, starting a new job or moving to a new home, congratulations.  And for those you who had to drop out of school, are unemployed, underemployed or have given up trying to be employed, I pray that you have a supportive community who will love you through this economically challenging time.

When I do not attend Sunday morning services, I usually spend an hour or so reading my favorite UU theologian, James Luther Adams(JLA).  This past Sunday I read an essay titled “The Chief End of Human Existence.”  The section of the essay that I really resonated with focused on isolation and its effects on people in community.  Not isolation in the sense of being physically alone.  JLA refers to isolation with “other people with whom one enjoys nothing significant in common.”  That is the type of isolation that causes some people to feel totally alone in the world even when they are surrounded by others.  A loneliness that is difficult for one to understand and challenging to explain to others, especially family members.

During the next few weeks, I want you to think about what is significant to you. What holds meaning for you in your life?  For example, religion, spirituality, friends, family, faith community, a special place in your neighborhood?

As always I would love to hear from you.  You can message me on Facebook at Monica Cummings, email me at mcummings@uua.org or leave a comment for me on the YaYA of Color blog, UU Living Mosaic at http://uuyayaoc.blogs.uua.org/.

Love,

Rev. Monica

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Rev. Dr. Monica L Cummings
  • Hello, my name is Colleen and I have always thgohut of myself as a person who believed that there is someone(some people) out there, but never thgohut it was God. I’m still not really sure what I believe, but I feel a need to find a faith that doesn’t make me uncomfortable and accepts my beliefs. I recently lost my father and I have been having a difficult time coping, I was hoping/wondering if I could set up an appointment to meet with someone and see if my needs would be met with your church..Thank you

    • Hi Colleen, my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. Colleen, I would love to help you to meet with someone to see if your needs would be met in a Unitarian Universalist Church, however, I will need to know the city you live in. Or you can go to uua.org and search for a congregation in your area. Colleen, I wish you well.

      Living My Faith,
      Rev. Monica

      mcummings@uua.org

  • It is not that we live in total isolation in this country. Americans are making dozens of connections a day through email, texting, facebook, gaming networks and other social outlets. For many, the workplace is also a primary place for social connection. We often form community and friendships with the people we work with. And yet, still one in 4 Americans say they have no one with whom they can share their personal troubles and another 25% have only one close confident, usually a spouse.