Why do I support UCWC? The first thing that comes to mind is the RE program. This is one of the main reasons why we walked in the door in the Fall of 2001. We began our search for a spiritual home mostly because we were raising two young boys and wanted to ensure they had a different religious experience than we had. Attending our first coming of age service had a huge impact on me and I knew this was something that I wanted for my children. The opportunity to think for themselves about what they truly believe and to give them the tools and experience that they would carry with them throughout their lives.
The second thing that comes to mind is the connections that I have made. To me, church is much more than what happens on Sunday morning. It is working together on social justice causes such as MLK day of service or attending a rally, it is participating in the social activities like folk singing and dancing with Who Needs Nigel, it is the spiritual moments that happen in a small group or the woman’s retreat. Teaching and joining the RE committee, pastoral care team and most recently the Board has helped me form deep friendships with members that I never would have made by not getting involved. These opportunities to make connections and share my inner most thoughts is something special and I deeply cherish those relationships.
The next thing that comes to my mind is the support that I have been given throughout my life in this congregation. This church has been here for me during some pretty rough times in my life. I used to half jokingly refer to the back left corner as the crying section. Some songs still bring out the tears so beware if you sit next to me. These connections that we make here are different from the ones we make at our kids’ school or at work. These shared experiences and the opportunity to share our deepest and darkest moments help build these relationships that help us through the hard times.
I get so much from this church: support on my spiritual journey, being surrounded by others who share similar values, the chance to make new connections and especially the hugs. Each week when we recite our unison affirmation, I am so happy and proud to be a part of this special place. My heart and soul are filled with joy as I leave each week, ready to take on the world for the coming week. This is why I support UCWC.