From the Minister's Study

April, 2015

Recently I came across this quote from Sogyal Rinpoche

“Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom.” So I thought that with all that is going on in my life right now that this would be an interesting quote to meditate on.

From a Buddhist perspective, it makes a lot of sense.The Buddhists are all about non-attachment. They believe that living without expectations and strong preferences reduces the powerful pull of ego and allows one to be more fully aware and engaged with the present moment. And that is true.

A similar argument could be made from a Taoist perspective. The only constant is change and transition, and when we try to hold on to anything and make it permanent we distort it and ourselves. So with these perspectives I make my preparations to leave.

At the end of April, I will be letting go of my ministry to UCN and you will be letting go of me as your called, settled minister. I am proud of the work we did together. I enjoyed teaching classes on dream work, unleashing the spiritual power of aging, and theology. I enjoyed developing a wonderful team of worship associates that assisted me in deepening the spiritual experience during worship. I enjoyed bringing spiritual awareness to all aspects of church life.  I was delighted with UCN’s 50th celebration and hoped, as many of you do, that UCN will turn its focus outward working with the homeless in Ozaukee county. I am also proud of the work that went into forming the covenant. I loved being your minister, holding your stories of triumph and defeat and caring for you during the challenging times. 

I know that there is freedom in letting go, but I also know that there is freedom in holding on.

Hold on to your dream. Hold on to all the ways you appreciate and celebrate life and each other. Hold on to your commitment to heal our broken and beautiful world.  When we hold on to the love in our hearts and express it lavishly, we are free. As universalists, we do not live in the hopes of being saved, rather I hope we spend our lives lavishly on things that matter. May it be so. Blessed be. Amen.

Rev. Julie