Aside from the covenanting we will be doing between congregants, the Cambridge Platform describes a need for strong bonds between congregations. Healthy congregations (like healthy people and healthy families) are not isolated; they are in real relationship with others.
The ministers of the five congregations in Westchester county are taking this charge seriously. We are working on many ways to be in relationship with each other. It started about 18 months ago when we started to meet monthly to seek each other’s council and begin more intentional connections.
The fruits of that have already been seen. Last year, Rev. Garmon from White Plains and I switched pulpits and our choirs joined together for a joint concert. Just last week members of Mt. Kisco joined us for our Head, Heart, Hands series and members of White Plains joined us for our CommonRead. Both were greatly enriched by the diversity of faces and voices in the room. And we’ve been invited to a myriad of events in other congregations including the upcoming environmental film series in Croton. I look forward to the day we venture out and join with our fellow UUs.
On Sunday, March 29, all the UU ministers in the county are exchanging pulpits. Unlike last year, this is a county-wide exchange. I’ll go to Croton, Rev. Lenzi will go to Mt. Kisco, Rev. Tino will go to White Plains, Rev. Garmon will go to Mohegan Lake and Rev. Brammer will be in our pulpit in Hastings. We’ve agreed to preach on the same thing: Unitarian Universalism 100 Years From Today.
This is an exciting next step. I’m thrilled that we are extending our boundaries a little bit to include our colleagues in faith. And I can’t wait to see what’s next!