Today we considered the concept of Home. UU President Peter Morales recorded a message about “Home” which we played on the screen, then we discussed Home in a group.
For Peter Morales, Home was a place of love, acceptance, and belonging. It is the place where you are embraced. It is a place where there is a heart that is open to you.
Madeline started us off by indicating that it was where your loved ones were staying. She quoted Ruth 1:16 “Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.'”
Thurman said he had lived in a lot of places including places where all the space was shared among boarders. He likes his current retirement home better than any of them.
Others used to live in farms that are now buried by suburbia. The farm is gone, but Stan still lives in the same county.
Sometimes you are searching for a home within your family but your family isn’t home to you. In Robert Frost’s Death of the Hired Man, Frost writes Home is the place where… when you go there they have to take you in. But he also writes “it is a place you haven’t to deserve.”
It is a place where you feel safe. It is a place where your ancestors grew up: like Ireland or Sri Lanka. It is where you lived when you were 12 years old.
Lauren said it is not always the place of smiles. It is a place where you can cry and be yourself without worry.
If you would like to participate in congregational discussions such as this, consider coming to visit with us on January 3rd in which we will have a discussion about what to do is the coming year.