Weekly Newsletter


High Country Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (HCUUF)
Weekly Newsletter: June 11-17, 2018
 
 
CONTENTS
• Sunday Services
• Upcoming Service & Social Time, June 17, 2018
• Join Us for Dinner after Service, June 17, 2018
• What Ails You Friend?
 Touchstones Journal for June: Wisdom
• HCUUF Facebook Page
• Other News Sent under Separate Cover
• HCUUF Website
• Contact Information for Newsletter Announcements
• Contact Information for HCUUF
• Consulting Minister, Board Members, Committees, Musician, Staff
 
 
• Sunday Services
 
Our weekly Sunday Services take place in the Fellowship Hall of the Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon, CO at 4:00 pm and are followed by a Social Hour or Potluck at 5:00 pm.  Potlucks usually occur on the last Sunday of the month. 
 
During 2018 we have had a short sabbatical during the months of May and October during which no services are held but other activities takes place from time to time.
 
 
• Upcoming Service & Social Time
 
June 17, 2018: Service & Social Time
Sermon Title: If I Had Only Known
Speaker: Rev. Kirk Loadman Copeland
 
If we had wisdom from the beginning we would had lived our lives differently. But we don’t, so we make mistakes here and there.
 
Hopefully, the result is some degree of wisdom. Join us as we consider the long journey toward wisdom, a journey that is never done.
 
• Join Us for Dinner
 
Join us for Dinner after Service on June 17.
 
Reverend Kirk will be joining HCUUF folks for dinner in a local restaurant after the service on June 17.  We will choose a restaurant depending on the preferences of those who wish to come.
 
 
• What Ails You Friend?  
by Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland, Consulting Minister
 
In the film, “The Fisher King,” Robin William’s played the part of Parry, a homeless man, whose wife had been killed in an explosion. One of the most moving parts of the film is when Parry tells the story of the Fisher King.
 
Many years earlier, the future king, while still a boy, had looked into a fire, saw the holy grail, and reached to grasp it. He was terribly wounded when he put his hand into the fire and tried to grasp it. The grail had not been in the fire, but from that moment forward, it was the only thing in the world that he wanted. Eventually that desire, which was so overwhelming, made him sick with experience. Over time, the wound grew deeper until it touched his soul and he lost the will to live. Years earlier, he had ordered his knights to find the grail, but they had all failed.
 
Parry continued the story. A fool wandered into the castle, found the king lying in his bed, obviously in pain, and asked, “What ails you friend?” Good question! “What ails you friend?” The king is thirsty, so the fool pours water into a goblet sitting on a table beside the bed. He hands it to the king, and the king is astonished to see that it is the holy grail. The king asked, how did you find the grail? The fool replies, “I don’t know. I only saw that you were thirsty.”
 
What ails you friend? If you had been the king, how would you have answered such a simple question? Better yet, when you have found yourself in such pain, how did you answer? Tragedy touches all of us too often.
 
In moments like these, the death of a loved one or a life threatening diagnosis, we find ourselves sick with experience and, like the king, we risk the possibility that life will lose its meaning.
 
What ails you friend? We try to answer, but our thoughts are so jumbled and confused that no words come to mind that can begin to express our grief, our sorrow, our anger, our disbelief, or our dis-ease.
 
We need fools who wander into our life and ask us the questions that we have no idea how to answer. Because it is only in the silence that follows, that answers find us and find voice in us.
 
I think of the Cheshire Cat in “Wonderland,” and his enigmatic grin. What do you know Chessie that we don’t? The Cheshire Cat is an archetype of the wise the fool, and just like the holy grail in the fire, the Cheshire Cat disappears until all that remains is a grin. And then the grin fades as well.
 
“`Cheshire Puss,’ [Alice] began, rather timidly, … ‘Would you tell me, please,
which way I ought to go from here?’
    ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
    ‘I don’t much care where—’ said Alice.
    ‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
    ‘—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
    ‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’”
     We will get somewhere if we only walk long enough—it’s the place called the end of life. “What ails you friend?” “I don’t know, but I need to get somewhere.”

The fool’s question is intended to turn us inward, to invite us to go deeper. The fool, in the form of a Cat in a crazy place called Wonderland, tells us that it all depends a good deal on where we want to get to. You see, it does matter which we go.
 
Pushed to despair, choose to walk toward meaning. Pushed to hatred, choose to walk toward love. Pushed to confusion, choose to walk toward clarity. Pushed to isolation, choose to walk toward community. Pushed to chaos, choose to walk toward wisdom.
 
We need these lovely fools in our lives to bring us back to some sense of possibility and wholeness.
 
What ails you my friend? The fool could have just as well asked, “What do you need to make you whole?” “What do you need to be saved from your grief, your sorrow, your anger, your disbelief, or your dis-ease?”
 
There is no magic answer, but there are blessings like compassion and love and understanding and solidarity that we can bestow upon each other.
 
Here’s the deal. I’m willing to be a fool for you and I invite you to be a fool for someone else. This doesn’t require uncommon wisdom. It does require a willingness to ask again and again, “What ails you friend?” And to listen, as you offer your presence.
 
 
 Touchstones Journal for June: Wisdom  
 
Please find attached the eight-page Touchstones Journal for May as a pdf. This month’s journal explores the theme of wisdom.
 
T.S. Eliot wrote, “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?” for wisdom goes well beyond knowledge. Wisdom has been defined as an awareness of the best ends as well as the best means.
 
Our tradition values wisdom. It should inform all that we do. In addition, it is the most valuable part of the legacy that we can bequeath to future generations.
 
 
 Touchstones Journal for June: Wisdom