Seeing and Connecting
We are living in an extraordinary time. The public health crisis we are witnessing has shaken our world. At a time when we most want to cling to each other, to hear each others' voices and hold each other close, we know we can only protect ourselves and each other by "social distancing." It is a time that not only challenges our instincts, but exposes our vulnerabilities and fragility. Our financial and health care systems, our social inequities, and our fears have all been exposed. Though we might want to look away, we cannot help but see.
Our reading this Saturday will be from John 9; the story of Jesus healing the blind man. In what ways has our current situation opened our eyes? How can we make this moment of sight and revelation into a real transformation? Never in our lifetime have the words "we are all in this together" rung more true.
This month, the Spirit has led Underground Church to go beyond our social distance boundaries and find a way to care for each other through the wonders of technology. This Saturday, we will meet virtually through the online program Zoom. Together, we will talk, sing, and create sacred space that transcends the walls of our homes. Like Jesus's early followers, we will gather together to ease our fears and loneliness by creating a community of love and trust.
To take part in Underground Church
Please get to your computer, phone, or tablet (with camera installed) at 4:55 pm on Saturday and click the link: https://zoom.us/j/303492704. Say yes to any downloads—sometimes the software is pre-loaded, sometimes you have to download the software to begin. If you have technical difficulties with videoconferencing or would prefer telephone, dial +1 929 436 2866. Our meeting ID is 303 492 704.
Our space will be virtual, but no less sacred. So we ask that as we gather you bring a special object to remind you, on Saturday and beyond, of the joy and peace of our community...a candle, a favorite stuffed animal, anything that brings you a sense of connection. Since this community loves to share meals, please feel free to have a favorite snack with you that we can share at "communion time." Together, we will create a sacred space to share, and to hold on to, that will remind us that no matter how much physical distance we maintain, we are never alone.
Please join us for this very special gathering of Underground Church.
All are welcome!