There’s a feeling of “September energy” in the air! All the kids are back in school, most college campuses are ‘open for business’, the football season is fully underway, and the air, while still delightfully warm, has just a hint of cooler weather to come - it’s a bit more brisk than it has been for months. I love this time of year because it invites me to get down to serious business once again, after the lethargy that summer often induces. After all, the month starts with Labor Day - a celebration of workers! So I’m looking around for important things to do [and I have no trouble finding them]. In addition to my usual pursuits, I’ve just completed the course work to become a mediator. That’s something that I’ve been interested in for a very long time. Now, of course, I have to put in hours of ‘on the job’ training, but it will soon lead to a new pursuit in earnest.
My hope for all is that you, too, feel the energy that is swirling around and are inspired to joyfully take up serious work once again - that is assuming that you, like me, enjoyed a bit of a respite over the summer!
And just for the record, in this election year, the scuttlebutt is that absentee ballots will be mailed in the next week or two. Remember our fifth principle - supporting the democratic process in our congregations and in society at large. There is no more iconic way to live it out than to vote. Of course, really following the 5th principle requires that your vote be a knowledgeable one. So please pay attention to all the candidates and propositions and you, too, can be part of the living tradition!
In the meantime, may you Go shining, Karen