Our liturgical theme for May 2020 is “Thresholds

Over the course of the year, in the words and music of Sunday services, in small groups and discussion circles, in classes for adults, children and youth, and in personal reflection and practice, our life together is anchored in a series of spiritual themes – one each month through the cycle of the year.

Liminal Space and Time

There was a place on the land where I lived in Ithaca. For me, it was one of those places that they call “thin places”, those places that have a certain sacred or ‘magical’ nature to them. Mine was a little space carved out on the land bounded on one side by our outdoor sauna building. One of the residents had built it. It was a small wooden structure with an almost disproportionately large front porch. It faced away from the houses and was situated in a clearing bound on its other sides by some bushes, a seasonal stream and a wonderful large willow tree. I would sit there on long Summer evenings waiting for the darkness to descend. Once it did, the willow tree and all the surrounding bushes and meadows would gradually become alight with thousands of fireflies.

I found out, when talking to some of my neighbors, that they, too, found this spot sacred. The meditation group would use it early on Summer mornings. Others did yoga there. Some, like me, went there for quiet solace.

How many of us have these places, that for some reason often beyond understanding, fill us with wonder? I know for other people these spaces can take the form of airport terminals, beaches, or more traditionally cathedrals or other houses of worship. They are places where we go that take us outside ourselves. They are in between places.

There are times like this as well. This pandemic shutdown is one of those times. It is a time that is bound by what we once thought of as ordinary time into a time in which the future is very uncertain and we do not know what it will look like. All we know is that the normal we once knew may never exist again. But in the heart of this uncertainty there is a potential for creativity. With stark inequalities laid bare, we have a moment, a pause, to reflect on what might need to be different to create a more just future. Take this time. Envision, imagine then (perhaps) create a different world.

Amen and Blessed Be,

Rev. Aileen Fitzke