What have you been doing with your summer? The longest day of the year has already come and gone, and the days are getting ever so shorter. But it’s not too late to make the most of this special season – to make memories, share laughter, experience something new and exciting.
For some, that means travel. Do you have any fun trips lined up? (I did my traveling in May, when it was still springtime here in the States but downright chilly and on the cusp of winter in New Zealand!).
For others, summer is a family time, with children out of school and the opportunity to spend more time together – hiking, swimming, going to Kings Island or an FC/Cincinnati game. For still others, summer is a chance to reconnect with far-flung friends, be that on a shared vacation or by meeting up at a Unitarian Universalist summer camp. Jennifer and I always join a thousand or so of our closest friends at the Southeast UU Summer Institute in the mountains of North Carolina. This year, Jennifer is the Director of SUUSI! It’s a huge volunteer role, but definitely a labor of love.
You can learn more about all the UU camps and conferences here:
(and yes, that’s our own Chris Whittaker and a much younger Henry Sofge featured in the picture; yours truly is somewhere off camera).
Wherever you go this summer, whatever you do, keep Heritage Church in mind (and in your heart) by collecting some water, and saving it to bring with you to our annual Ingathering Sunday worship service on August 25, when we mark the “end of summer” and our “homecoming” with a UU tradition: the Water Ceremony.
And when you are in town, be sure to come to church on Sunday mornings. There will be a wide variety of interesting topics for reflection, outdoor activities for the children, and Heritage’s amazing, loving community to welcome you. Plus, in August we’re planning some special worship services for newcomers, as well as the aforementioned Ingathering Sunday.
Have a safe, refreshing, love-filled summer. I hope to see you at church soon!