Happy New Year! By Rev. Seth Fisher

Too early? I’m thinking about the church year. Everyone knows about the western calendar year, the Chinese New Year, the fiscal year, the school year, but there’s also a church year. Many Unitarian Universalist congregations are most active from the fall through the spring and have a more low-key summer schedule. Some even close for the summer. At FUUFHC, our year starts in the fall with our water communion service. It winds down in the spring with our flower communion. And it concludes with a few months of more casual services throughout the summer. We end with our Blue Jean Sunday on the day before Labor Day when we get our church all spiffed up and ready for a new year. Thanks to everyone who helped out at Blue Jean Sunday, and those who have been caring for our community in so many ways over the last few months, we are all ready to set out again on our next annual adventure!

If you’ve been away for a while or are thinking about coming to a service for the first time, this is a great time to come and get involved. From making coffee to saving the world from climate change, there are dozens of ways for you to live out your values with our fellowship. Check the volunteer page for a list committees and descriptions of their work, and to connect with them to see how you can get involved. Our Religious Exploration program has openings for volunteer teachers, which is a particularly meaningful way to connect with our community and invest in the future. And speaking of religious exploration, stay tuned for adult religious exploration opportunities that will be coming your way too.

We think of fall as the time of harvest and spring as the season of new life and new beginnings, but the harvest is when the seeds are gathered that will be planted in the following season, and now is the time to begin the work of bringing about the world that we long for. Now is the time for nurturing spiritual journeys and expanding social justice. So come, let us be together!