After our slow-motion spring this year, it’s hard to imagine that we are already closing in on the year’s longest day … and that thereafter, the days will begin getting shorter! The Summer Solstice actually arrives on June 21 (at 4am, if you happen to be up), but we will get a bit of a jump on the occasion by celebrating (mostly) in our traditional way on the previous Friday evening. Please make plans to join us at 6:30 June 17 for a light but enjoyable picnic-style dinner, followed by singing, a mummer’s play, a fire, and more!
Our world faces many challenges. We are in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now taken a million US lives. Our nation continues to grapple unevenly with issues around racial justice, police brutality, mass violence, incipient authoritarianism, and threats to reproductive rights, to name just a few. Internationally, war in Ukraine is not only leaving death and destruction in its wake, but even threatens the global food supply. And yet. Even in such times — maybe particularly in such times — people in our congregation take strength and sustenance from the simple act of gathering, sharing a meal, finding gratitude in the light and warmth that summer brings. For over 140 years, FUS has served as a touchstone in the lives of its members and friends — come, join us, as we take courage from one another and celebrate our unshakable connections with the natural world and the cycle of the seasons.