It is worth remembering that three years ago as I began my ministerial relationship at KVUUC, over 30 members gathered to consider a covenant. Out of that meeting came these words:
We therefore do Covenant with one another
To – Welcome Bill as our Minister and to walk together with a sense of shared responsibility for each other and our community.
To – Be mindful of Bill’s part time status as our Minister and his wider obligations.
To – Speak kindly and listen carefully.
To – Strengthen our understanding and appreciation for the tenets of our faith and to honor those tenets in our thoughts, words and deeds.
To – Cultivate trust through humility, honest and open communication, a willingness to forgive and respect for confidentiality.
To – Work, give and help as we are able for the benefit of our community and each other,
To – Challenge each other to grow spiritually and intellectually.
To – Laugh a whole lot.
Starting with the welcoming and continuing to the laughing part, I hereby proclaim that you guys did a damn good job in living and keeping these covenants with me and with each other. And some major transitions have been navigated and KVUUC is well. And I am so grateful!
People ask me what I am going to do in a few weeks in my afterlife. My honest response is “I’m not exactly sure.” Except, I do intend to make up some overdue time enjoying my three granddaughters, and sweet Frances. She and I are going to spend more waking up with the birds as we meander in our “A-Liner”, a little camping trailer we have never had the time to fully appreciate. I have plans this Fall to walk the 258 miles of the Camino de Santiago in Spain that I didn’t do before. I want to become more involved in choral singing and may fool around with our piano. In short, life is rich. I prefer the Spansh word “jubilacion” to the English “retirement.” As T. S. Eliot says: “In my end is my beginning.”
With love and gratitude,