Dany Crosby

Message From The Minister regarding the Coronavirus situation, 18th March 2020


With a heavy heart I am sorry to announce that all public worship at Dunham Road Unitarian Chapel, Altrincham and Queens Road Unitarian Free Church, Urmston will have to be put on hold while we are asked to practice social distance, or rather physical distance as I prefer calling it, we can still be social in different ways. We will be endeavouring to develop alternative ways to serve the needs of our communities and of course our wider community. We will stay connected and take care of our spiritual, emotional and mindful needs, feeding the heart, mind, spirit and soul. We may not be able to be physically near but we can connect in other ways. Our branches may not touch, but our roots will hold each other close so that our wings can still be free, serving in all the ways we can, finding meaning in this tragic situation.

Sue and myself will be delivering posies, tealights and a copy of the service we have created and were going to share on Sunday. Our first service together as husband and wife. As a community we will then find new ways to share worship and devotional material with our congregations and the wider community. I have much to learn re technology and am asking for help and advice here. Any help would be gratefully received. We are all in this together. No one can doubt that now. We will also be putting together pastoral teams to keep us all connected and are endeavouring to find ways to connect with those in isolation and at times afraid. We all need to be creative during this difficult time.

Let us hold one another in love. Ok not using hands and arms physically, but with hearts, minds, spirits and souls. Held together by one eternal and loving hand of life. We love you all, every single beautiful one of you.

You may not be able to come together as you, exactly as you in this moment, but you can be who you are, exactly as you are in this moment. No doubt none us will leave in exactly the same condition…

Rev Danny Calendar March 2020

The great traditions often spoke of this need to wake up, to awaken. Now this awakened state was not meant to be purely for ourselves. It was meant to enable us to act in the world, in this awakened state, and thus encourage others to do the same, leading them to act in loving and compassionate ways, to create a true sense of oneness. That there is no separation only a great unity in life. That there is no us and them.

Now for some people waking up can be a terrifying feeling. There have been times in my life when I have not wanted to wake up and face another day. So many people experience, they live in fear of facing another day, they wake up frightened for a variety of reasons. To be truly awake is to be compassionate towards them; to be truly awake it is vital to acknowledge this suffering in life and be with those who suffer. To be truly awake to life is to recognise all that is life, in its suffering but also its joy. It is vitally important to express the beauty of life and to express gratitude for the incredible joy that can be human living.

With this in mind I am asking a question as we step into Spring. It is a question that comes from the Sufi tradition of Islam, from the beautiful poetry of Rumi. It is a kind of antidote to the feeling that might come on those days when we wake up empty and frightened, as many people do and no doubt most of us have done as some point in time.

So here’s the question, what might it mean to “kneel and kiss the ground?”

Here are the verses

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

Rumi

What might it mean, to "kneel and kiss the ground?



Love and Respect, Rev Danny.