Why Do SCUU?

Rev. Megan Foley
Sermon Date: 
Sun, 02/09/2014

[This Sunday, we heard from a variety of people, younger and older, about what our church means to them. The following were the words used for our chalice lighting.]

Today, in this month where we ask “Why Do People Do Religion?”, we pause and ask specifically Why People Do SCUU. We do this as a way to kick off and cement our stewardship season with a firm foundation. When we choose to support this congregation, it’s not a blind choice. It’s not because we’ve got nothing better to do. It’s not because we’ve got money burning holes in our pockets.

We support SCUU because it’s valuable. This is a church that makes a difference in the lives of those who comprise it. This is a church that makes a difference to the world around it. We need to pause, at least from time to time, and remember what this church has meant to us, what it means to others who come. We need to remember that our lives are changed because of this place. Today we’ll hear from a variety of people who can speak to just that.

First, we light our chalice to these words written by neo pagan thinker, Starhawk:

Somewhere there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us wherever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Some place where we can be free.

For that place where we are received, where we are celebrated, where we are strong, where we are healed, where we are free, for SCUU, we light our chalice this morning.