A Poem, This Sunday and What's Happening

A Poem from Rev. Peter

After Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton 
(I Owe Them This, At Least)
This sunrise, which they won’t see,
is no more noteworthy than any other. 
The wren and finch have 
chattered this way longer than 
all memory. The dew-stained moss 
has shimmered thus ages before 
we were here to name it.
I’ve seen this light, leaf-filtered,
a thousand times, 
breathed this fecund air
for more than sixty summers. 
This day begins as all others have, and will: 
a slow turning toward the light, 
stirring every living thing to life and, 
if we claim it, hope. 
In the name of those whose 
last dawn has passed, 
I embrace this day and vow, 
if nothing else, 
not to let it advance unnoticed.
I will greet the dawn, 
and praise creation,
and love this world, 
in all its crushing beauty.

This Sunday August 25 at 10 am : "The Case Against Gratitude"; Mark Bernstein  

Poets, novelists and self-help gurus tell us to count our blessings…to be grateful for what we have.  But sometimes, gratitude doesn’t work, especially when life is hard or things aren’t going our way.  If we can’t draw on gratitude when we’re not feeling grateful, what other options do we have?

Mark Bernstein is a member of the Adjunct Staff of the Central East Region of the UUA.  He has been a grateful member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County for the past 25 years.

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