Coming back from the pandemic

It has been quite a busy time, trying to come back from the Covid-19 pandemic. I realize that it’s not over, but we are approaching a “new normal”. I’m proud of what First Church Unitarian has been able to accomplish, offering most things in multiplatform or “hybrid” mode. But everything has changed; not just for FCU, but for everyone. Time just keeps marching along too, of course. (Whatever “time” is.) It’s a good time to be nimble and prepared to try new things. We are doing our best. I do enjoy the challenge, mostly. But I still miss some things about pre-pandemic times. I still feel like fewer events happen in-person now, and I miss many of the gatherings. No denying that there are benefits, including more online options and less driving and less pollution. I try to keep an open mind.

Long time, no post

I can hardly believe how long it has been since I have posted here. It’s ridiculous, really. Yes, I’ve been busy… but I should have prioritized this more. I will try to do better.

Left to right: daughter Deva, doggie Digory, wife Emily, and I.

I don’t think I can begin to summarize everything that has been going on in the past year-and-a-half. I continue to love my ministry with First Church Unitarian in Littleton and feel very blessed.

Shortly after my last post, my wife and I (and our adult daughter — and our adorable terrier) moved around the block in downtown Lowell into our condo. I really enjoy living here still, too, so again… I feel lucky and blessed.

Like everybody else, my life has been strange since March 2020. Covid-19 has changed everything. I have been busy becoming a minor Zoom expert and YouTube expert. (I use “expert” lightly.) I’ve become a very amateurish maker of videos. None of this was stuff I learned in seminary, of course. Luckily, I mostly enjoy computers and learning new things, so it hasn’t been all bad. But I so miss my congregants… my family of origin… my friends. Big sigh. (If you want to see any of our online worship, gathering videos, and more, go to our YouTube channel.)

There are silver linings to the pandemic life. It’s great to see my wife and daughter and dog more. I’ve had time to play my guitar and bass more (though I really miss playing with my band). I’ve had time to work on new spiritual practices, and I’m beginning to do more mindfulness meditation. I want to find a way to share this with my congregation, perhaps over Zoom.

So that’s a start at catching up. I will try to post a few times a week here, to stay in the habit.

How is this pandemic treating you?