We are not all feeling the same way this week. I know from conversations this past 24 hours that some of you are feeling shaken to the core. Some are feeling depression, grief, fear or anger. Some are feeling shame about being an American. Some are hoping for the best. Some are glad because their candidate won. Some are resigned and relieved the election if over and ready to just move on, and others are utterly emotionally and spiritually depleted.

Yesterday, some couldn’t leave their beds or their houses, others had to get out. Some watched the news, some went to the woods, some reached out to others, some cried at the office. Some wondered if they could have done more to make a difference—canvassed more, donated more, been more involved. Some tried to figure out how to talk to their children. Some were recovering from the trauma of verbal or physical fights with family members. Some were saddened when friends of color said they just couldn’t talk to any white people just now. Some worried about practical and personal matters—such as young adult children being unable to afford critical but expensive medications without their national health insurance… or their children being taunted at school…. or the possibility of loved ones or acquaintances being deported… or whether it is possible that equal marriage could ever be overturned. This is a good time to educate ourselves and others about how our democracy works.

At North Parish, we are in the business of witnessing to the power of love and the reality of our interdependence. We are in the work of building Beloved Community locally, both within and outside of our sanctuary. We are called to embody a love- and wisdom- that drives out hate and fear. I encourage you to invite your friends to church this Sunday, and the days after that. Invite the North Parish friends whom you haven’t seen at services recently or even in years; we need them to come back. Invite folks who you think might get some sustenance from our community. Invite your Muslim and Latino and African-American and GBLT friends who are afraid for their kids, themselves or their families. Invite your friends who have politics different than yours. Invite your Hindu friends, your Jewish or Catholic friends, your friends of all faiths to attend the Interfaith Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Church on Main Street on Nov. 20th at 4:00 p.m. as a show of solidarity- or invite them to dinner. They may say “no thanks”, but the invitation means something in itself.

Some things have changed. Others have stayed the same. This Sunday we will gather as the congregation has done for 371 years. We will pause and take a breath, honoring all that is in the room. We will honor our veterans, we will sing, we will be in sacred space together with all of our children and talk to them about having a guests at our table. We will lay down our burdens and lean into each other’s arms, into beauty and silence and music. We will take our next step. Together.

See you at the Meeting House. In faith and fellowship—
Rev. Lee

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