Florence Caplow, the new intern minister at Quimper UUF, visited us in the first of what promises to be several visits during the year. She is a Soto Zen priest and has been practicing Vipassana and Zen for twenty-five years; she is a dharma teacher, field botanist, environmental activist, essayist and editor. We are fortunate to have such an accomplished intern this year from our mentoring congregation.
Her sermon, The Thresholds of Autumn, was about those times in our lives that are liminal and "in between," when we stand on a threshold - in between summer and fall, in between youth and age, in between one life stage and another. We know what the past was, but we don't know for sure what the future will hold. It can be a frightening time, but it can also be a time of great opportunity. You can read her sermon here or listen to it below:
Gail Sandlin served as our lay leader, and she made use of our new projection system for the order of service, including the hymns, provided by Becky Brown.
Alan Searle and Jeri Carey led us through our annual Ingathering Water Ceremony, marking the beginning of a new year. Amy Wilkerson graciously provided a beautiful table with a water bowl to collect the water. As attendees participated, they told of the source of their water, then poured it into the bowl. Water, real or surrogate, came from a variety of locations scattered around North America and Europe. Alan and Jeri added readings and music to round out the service.
At the end of the service, Ellie Klauminzer presented checks to the recipients of the Empty Bowls Project, headed up by Hobie Denny. The August 16th event raised $2100 and was split between three food banks - FISH Gig Harbor (Jane Hampton), South Kitsap Help Line (Susan Saiki), and Key Peninsula Community Services (Penny Gazabat). Over the past four years the Empty Bowls Project has raised over $10,000 for these organizations.