Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.
— Rumi

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

Ralph Waldo Emerson wisely says: “… The Earth laughs in flowers.”

We are heading into the season of spring, and laughing flowers, here along the Lake Erie shore. By the time you read this, the crocuses and snowdrops will be blooming, the ice in the lake will be breaking up and the trees will be beginning to bud out.

As we revel in these signs of spring, we also recognize the health of our beloved planet is in trouble in many ways. Or to be more precise: The parts of our planet we humans use to sustain our lives are troubled. We deal with fires and floods and droughts all at the same time, with the real prospect of much worse in the coming decades and centuries.

The question I pose is this: What is our healthy spiritual and religious response to this planetary predicament? Or to put it another way: How can we be healthy spiritual and religious beings in the face of global climate change?

In my heart, I know the answer is embedded in the phrase – “our beloved planet.” Let’s start with what we love about our part of the planet: the green hills, fertile fields and blue water of this blessed Lake Erie shore. And let’s broaden our view to honor the love others feel for their own lands and waters.

Just as we generalize our love for those close to us into our vision of the Beloved Community of humans, we can also generalize our love into a vision of the Beloved Earth.

Now exactly how we do this in 2019 is a work in progress. Let’s spend some time in April reflecting and working on this.

Happy Earth Day, everyone. Even better: Happy Beloved Earth Day!!

In love and faith,
Reverend George Buchanan