“Don’t bite off more than you can chew”
These words have followed me through my life. I was taught from an early age that it was important to finish the things that I started. It was a sign of bad planning or laziness to give up too soon. But over the years I started questioning this assumption. I wondered if maybe this proverb was hindering me from trying new things, because I was afraid I would quit too soon.
There has been a decline in organized community participation over the past decades, as documented in Michael Moore’s film, Bowling Alone. More people are bowling, but fewer people are members of leagues. Although we name both solitary and league experiences “bowling,” they are actually very different and distinct activities.
Can we go to church alone? Yes! Every new visitor that comes through our doors (or joins us on Zoom) is beginning the journey alone. We all began by finding some courage and wanting to explore and meet new people, even though we had no way of knowing if we were biting off more than we could handle.
I’ve become more forgiving of myself and my commitments. I ask myself: where is my energy leading me? I know that energy waxes and wanes, and that it is important to “pass the torch” when I’m no longer able to carry it. Commitment to being a part of a community requires regular attendance. I just need to show up. I can do that!
When we worship together, it becomes a different experience. And we don’t expect everyone to show up in the same way. Each person’s commitment varies according to their situation and their intention. We don’t need to be everything to everyone. We don’t need to be heroes. We just need to show up. When we do, we receive what we can.
On March 14, we will share a service produced by the Unitarian Universalist Association, on the theme of commitment and stewardship to our future, including a special message from Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the UUA.
On March 21, Denton CUUPS will offer a worship service honoring nature in the time of Spring.
On March 28, Palm Sunday, we will celebrate a service of blessing for our pet friends. We will be including photos and short videos of our beloved animal companions in the service. Please include your loved ones! Submissions must be received by Monday, March 22.
Each Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. we will be gathering to deepen our commitments to this DUUF community. Look for the Zoom link on the calendar. All are welcome.