13 years ago, Liz and I were “church shopping”, having become dissatisfied with our previous church - too much dogma, non-relevant sermons, boring hymns…
When we mentioned this to our good friend, Mary R, she said “you should try my UU church in Laconia - it’s filled with great people and I think you will like the services and music!” We did! And we never looked back! In these past 13 years we’ve been involved in many facets of our new church life - parish committee, worship committee, stewardship committee, fundraising, choir, altar arrangements, and coffee hour! But it always comes back to the wonderful people we’ve met and work with to accomplish the goals of our church - acceptance of one another, our spiritual growth and our search for truth and meaning.
We love our UU church - and we give freely and happily to help support its expenses and it many missions. And yes - I have my bias - I love our choir and our choir director and the incredible music we produce!
This church is my safe place to tend my faith in something greater than myself. Something I didn’t even know I needed.
Also, I feel like I’m part of something really worthwhile. I get to have surprising conversations about diverse topics like the Buddhist meaning of essence and how to reduce my carbon footprint. I feel accepted just as I am and I’m learning how to be more resilient. For me, it all started with Rev. Judith’s service that first Sunday, which gave me such a huge sense of relief and hope. Also, I love listening to the choir’s beautiful harmonies.
Best of all, I’m constantly reminded of the amazing power of a small group of committed people to make good things happen…. Collectively, the people here do a million and one things for the church and community. Whether we’re collecting food, clothing or single-use plastics, installing LED bulbs to save energy or serving on a committee to help our church.
Well, that’s it for me. I’d like to wrap up with one final thought.
All in all, I know I receive at least a hundred-fold more than I give to this church. In my mind, what I learn here spills over in every aspect of my life, in so many positive ways. So, thank you for supporting this church, which has made a real difference to me and so many others.