From the Minister – May 2023

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Church programming usually tends to wind down some toward the summer. This is true for a variety of reasons -- in Florida, it's because of the heat. People start traveling more to visit with family and friends for respite.

While this is true, there are also new things happening in the congregation: Carol has invited an instructor in to lead Dances of Universal Peace (I've done this before in the Hogwarts program of my home congregation), our Rainbow Welcome Circle is growing and planning, our new tenant (Rainbow Family Wellness) is moving into our Read Street offices, we're hoping to show a movie (open to the public) like UUCTS before the pandemic began, we'll be hosting a St. Pete Baroque's concert, and much more.

With intention, this will be a time of spiritual rest and renewal. There will be plenty of opportunities to fill your metaphorical cup. I'll be doing the same, attending the Festival of Homiletics as a virtual attendant this year.

The spiritual theme for May is creativity, and I've been joking about the irony of that after having planned services for nine months already, the creativity well is getting a little dry over here! A colleague suggested leaning into what I do when creativity starts to feel low, and I have been trying to do this. We have some fun services planned and I hope you'll join us for some of them! We will also have some great Forums this month, so stay tuned!

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In faith and service, Rev. Kristina Spaude (She/her)

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