Knowing and Not-Knowing

A warrior accepts that we can never know what will happen to us next. We can try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability, always hoping to be comfortable and safe. But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty. This not-knowing is part of the adventure.

–Pema Chodron , American Buddhist nun, teacher, author, mother

It is good to be reminded that living with uncertainty really is an adventure. Pema Chodron goes on to say that learning to relax with uncertainty is the spiritual path.

During February and March, the MSC has been busy interviewing pre-candidates. We have been awed by the open-hearted, justice-centered, and inspired people who are called to UU ministry.  We know that recent developments at UUCP, which necessitated difficult fiscal decisions by our Board and lay-offs of beloved staff, have deeply affected our community.  We have been transparent in sharing these developments with our pre-candidates, and we are happy to report that no one has withdrawn their interest after being informed.

We have so many enduring strengths as a congregation, and this comes across to our interested ministers. While we do not know yet how this process will end, we are hopeful that by the end of March, we will select  a candidate to bring forward to the congregation.  We are not the only congregation in search and there are no guarantees in this process. We are living with the adventure of not-knowing, as we endeavor to let all we have learned about our beloved community’s  wishes guide us in discernment.

In Community,

Your Ministerial Search Committee

Daisy Danforth Gary Ezzell
Donna Featherston Jan Kaplan
Carrie Lifshitz Eric Muehlstedt
Jim Sorgatz