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Building A New Way:
As your worship staff, Mary, Albie, and I have been preparing to return to in-person worship all summer, having many discussions on how Sunday services can build community, strengthen relationships, inspire and lift spirits, and how music can play a role in each of those goals.
Together, as a worship team we decided to begin Sunday morning worship upon our return to the Sanctuary by using an Opening Hymn for a month at a time. Our thinking in this decision is that using one song for a month at a time will help to build community, a sense of familiarity and comfort, and by the end of the month everyone will no longer be looking at the words and music, but will be singing from the heart and experiencing the music, and we feel that is how we can move, lift, and elevate our church to the next level of worship.
The original plan was to return to worship in the Sanctuary by rejoicing with hymn #361-Enter, Rejoice, and Come In, but since COVID-19 has once again changed our plans we are going to hold on to that very special song and use that hymn once we are able to safely rejoin together in person and rejoice in being together in the Sanctuary space. So, even though we will continue meeting together online, we are going to continue Building A New Way by using an Opening Hymn for a month at a time. We are going to kick it off with Hymn #346 - Come, Sing A Song With Me, as Albie mentioned it felt like “our song” and it recognizes some of the disappointment we all are feeling at not returning to the Sanctuary, yet also embraces that we will bring joy and hope for each other in difficult times. Let It Be So.
At our annual meeting on March 28th, 2021, the members of UUCFM unianimously voted in the affirmative to add the 8th principle of Unitarian Universalism to our list of existing principles:
We, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Myers, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.
We are proud to support our fellow BIPOC brothers, sisters, and siblings, as well as those of other oppressed groups, as we work to make this a more just and equitable world.
Our new Board is already having robust discussions about how and when to reopen, and we have been reviewing various resources. The latest guidance from UUA Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray states, “Moving into the coming year, the UUA recommends that congregations plan for multi-platform operations—a flexible combination of in-person and online engagement based on the needs and risks in your community.”