Monthly Minister Column
Unfolding – Rev. Samaya Writes
It has been my practice for quite some time to take myself out for a walk each morning. I count myself as blessed to be able to go around the ponds at Southmere Park to watch how nature unfolds throughout the year. For just about a year now I’ve watched the comings and goings of the people, the birds, and nature in the natural ebb and flow of life.
I can truly say that spring is upon us. The spring birds have returned, the geese are pairing up and fighting each other off for territory (which can be quite scary when it happens right in front of you!), and the buds on the trees are unfolding. Each day brings a significant change in that the buds on this particular bush were only tiny little ones that barely were emerging from the limbs a week ago.
I wonder what it would be like if we allowed this natural unfolding to happen in our own lives. Sometimes we push and pull, striving towards things – be it our spiritual exercises, our communication with others, pushing ourselves to be better and do better in life. What if we were perfect just the way we were and we let go and just let ourselves unfold naturally … taking time to breathe in and breathe out, being fully present to who and what we are in each moment. How are you unfolding into the wholeness of your being? Please join me in this exploration and feel free to join me during my office hours to talk about how you are unfolding into wholeness.
Why I Come to Church?
Do you feel passionate about coming to church and want to share a brief message with everyone in the community about it? Starting in October, we’ll be adding a new element to our Sunday services where you can share a brief (2-300-word maximum) message about why you come to church. Please contact Rev. Samaya if you have questions, would like to sign up, or would like more information.
When to Call the Minister
Many people wonder when it’s appropriate to call the minister to deal with pastoral care concerns, particularly with such an active caring community such as SFUC and with a three-quarter-time minister. Samaya is available to meet with you in times of difficulty for pastoral guidance visits at a coffee shop, at a hospital, or in your home. Her visit with you would typically be for short-term sessions of listening, support, and spiritual guidance. If longer-term conversations are needed, she would be happy to refer you to someone with skills in the area needing assistance. For more information please contact us.
Services Available from Your Minister
Child blessings, dedications, coming of age celebrations, saging rituals, home blessings, pet blessings, renewal of vows – all of these things share a common element: services available from your minister. If you’re interested in any one of these rites of passages, please feel free to contact Rev. Samaya.
What to Expect from Your Minister
As part of the ongoing information about what you can expect from our minister, please know that when you visit our minister for pastoral conversations, you can expect that your conversation will be held in confidence. What you share will not be shared with any other person without your express permission. Our minister will encourage direct communication to resolve issues you have with other people.
Samaya’s Office Hours:
Rev. Samaya’s office hours are for those of you who are in the area and can drop by and visit with her about what’s on your heart or mind. Office hours are held on Thursdays from 10 am to noon. Here’s where you can find her over the next couple of weeks:
- On Thursday, June 6th you can find her at Java Express, located at 15090 North Bluff Road in White Rock.
- On Thursday, June 13th she’ll be at McBurney’s Coffee and Teahouse. McBurney’s is located at 20504 Fraser Highway in Langley.
If these times don’t work for you and you’d like to arrange for a one-on-one in-home visit, please contact her to set up a time. She sets aside Tuesday mornings typically for one-on-one in-home visits, but other times are available depending on schedules. Please feel free to call her at 604-323-4341.
Rev. Samaya will be away from Sunday, June 16th through to Saturday the 22nd to attend the UU Ministers’ Association’s Ministry Days, three days of professional development for UU ministers, followed by four days at the UUA’s General Assembly in Spokane, WA. As usual, she is available in the case of emergencies and she will answer emails sporadically throughout the week.
As Rev. Samaya is our three-quarter time minister, she is available to take your calls on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm, as well as on Tuesday evenings to 9 pm. Emails will be responded to within 72 hours. If you need a response in less time than that, or in cases of emergencies, please feel free to call her.