“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Many of you are familiar with this ending of Mary Oliver’s well-known poem, “The Summer Day,” and might remember that I included the poem in one of my August Moderator’s Memos.
I know January – just some two weeks after the Winter Solstice – might seem to be a strange time to think of a poem written about summer.
But this sentence keeps repeating in my head and seems to me to be a fitting introduction to a new month and a new year. January is a time for new beginnings, a time when we make resolutions* for things we want to do over the next 12 months – behaviors we want to change, things we want to accomplish.
I’m not one to make resolutions as such but as I wind down my year as your Moderator, I’m thinking about other ways I can continue to contribute to the life of Cleveland Park Church. This also is an election year so I’m thinking about how I can best use my time and talents to support candidates that will advance policies of equality and fairness and justice to make our country work better for all of us. And, of course, as with many of us, I want to focus on some personal and family goals.
To be honest, I don’t know for sure what I “plan to do with [my] one wild and precious life” but thinking about it in that framework makes for an exciting prospect.
What about you? “(W)hat is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Regardless, here’s wishing you a very Happy New Year.
Peace and Joy,
*The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions is a long one, probably dating back some 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians, who made promises to the gods to do better in the coming year.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
2020 Stewardship Campaign: Reaching In, Reaching Out—Thank you to everyone who has made their 2020 pledge! If you haven’t yet submitted your pledge card, please do so. You can also email Robert Glass, Financial Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bible Study, 1/5—This group will meet after worship to discuss The Song of Solomon. All are welcome! For more information: David Grimsted, email@example.com
2nd Century Campaign, 1/12—We’ll gather after worship to hear the Board of Trustees’ recommendations for proposed projects along with an update on fundraising. Please plan to attend in preparation for our congregational vote at the annual meeting on January 26.
FaithLife, 1/12—Join us from 5:30-7 pm in the parlor. This winter we’ll read Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, by Barbara Brown Taylor. For more information, email Dan Sack, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASAP Coffee & Conversation, 1/19—We look forward to hosting our quarterly coffee hour with the Asylum Seeker Assistance Project and its DC clients applying for refugee status. ASAP works with asylum seekers so they can rebuild lives of dignity and purpose in the U.S. after experiencing violence and persecution in their countries of origin. This month, we’ll enjoy lunch and a discussion about civil rights and the MLK holiday. Please join us!
Poetry Hour, 1/19—Join us from 4-5 pm and bring one or two poems on any theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends are welcome! Questions? email@example.com.