(Adapted from Where I’m From by George Ella Lyon with the author’s permission.)
I am from candle wax and the sulphur smell of blown out matches.
from no less than 8 choirs and from the grey hymnal.
I am from the Victor Lundy mid-century modern sanctuary whose architecture speaks about leaving space for wonder.
From the glass walls that reveal the forest all around us, our spiritual home
I am from the giant crooked oak tree that stands watch over the memorial garden on the top of the hill and the courtyard islands of shrubs and rocks that are perfect for the “don’t touch the lava” game.
I am from Homecoming and The Christmas Pageant
From Frank Hall and Denny Davidoff and Ed Thompson.
I am from hard-work and dedication and a schedule so full that each room and space has to be reserved in advance. Don’t forget to ask Diane first.
From Each person is important and Build a fair and peaceful world
I am from candles for Joys and Sorrows and Love is the Spirit of this church
From Inspire Connect Act and the direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder.
I’m from Transylvania, and Boston, Walden Pond and Fairfield County Connecticut.
I’m from Fellowship Blend Fair trade coffee and potlucks with vegetarian and vegan options. Soup sale Sundays and the “whatever people ate the day before” leftovers.
From the time the children performed the Peddler, and everyone gasped and laughed and watched in amazement as Megaphobus the 10 foot tall green Ogre came thumping up the aisle. It was all the more amazing because we knew it was young Paige in there somewhere.
I’m from memories stretching back over 70 years and telling it like it was back when
From our children lighting the chalice and reminding us to be kind.
I am from the keepsakes in the library and the photo wall of all the ministers.
From the blue bottle of gathered waters we use and re-blend every year
and from revelation is not sealed.
I’m from a people who build and grow beloved community within an ever-widening circle of love, compassion and justice.
I am from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport.