Happy Holidays from Your CER Staff

By Central East Region of the UUA

Central East Region Staff Team on zoom

Your Central East Region staff at the team holiday party this December. Top row L-R, Rev. Megan Foley, Beth Casebolt, Amy Kent, Patricia Infante; middle row: Rev. Sunshine Wolfe, Christine Purcell, Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Cristina Sanchis; bottom row: Shannon Harper, Sana Saeed and Jessica York, Director of Congregational Life. Not pictured is Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer who is on sabbatical.

From all of us at the Central East Region, we wish you Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year and extend a deep appreciation for our congregational leaders who do so much for our faith.

As our gift to you we leave you with this piece from Worship Web:

A Christmas Prayer By Maureen Killoran

Not gold, nor myrrh, nor even frankincense
would I have for you this season,
but simple gifts, the ones that are hardest to find,
the ones that are perfect,
even for those who have everything (if such there be).

I would (if I could)
have for you the gift of courage,
the strength to face the gauntlets
only you can name,
and the firmness in your heart to know
that you (yes, you!) can be a bearer of the quiet dignity
that is the human glorified.

I would (if by my intention I could make it happen)
have for you the gift of connection,
the sense of standing on the hinge of time,
touching past and future
standing with certainty that you (yes, you!)
are the point where it all comes together.

I would (if wishing could make it so)
have for you the gift of community,
a nucleus of love and challenge,
to convince you in your soul
that you (yes, you!) are a source of light
in a world too long believing in the dark.

Not gold, nor myrrh, nor even frankincense,
would I have for you this season,
but simple gifts, the ones that are hardest to find,
the ones that are perfect,
even for those who have everything (if such there be).

Please remember that the UUA offices are closed from December 19th through January 3rd to allow our staff time to spend with their families during the holidays as well as time to rest and recuperate. We'll be back January 4th.