Dear Community Members,

What amazing speed at which this year is passing. I’m sure we probably say that every year, but it always feels so true.

I was recently reminded by Ellen Bass that, “There’s a part of every living thing that wants to become itself, the tadpole into the frog, the chrysalis into the butterfly, a damaged human being into a whole one. That is spirituality.” As I reflect on this year, I can recognize that in many ways I have been transitioning right along with the tadpole and chrysalis. I went from having a dream of ministry to seeing it take actual form in my life. I also, went from a deep, long held desire for love, companionship and connection into a union with the most magnificent spiritual being.

When I look at the progress and evolution of my life, I am reminded of the fear I once had of change, of intimacy, of failure and what it took for me to morph from one state of being to another. I see now and I know wholeheartedly that it took faith. It took me slowly developing a deep faith in God, in Good, and in the recognition that there is something more. A power so much smarter than I am which created life. And so I figure, if it could create life, then maybe, just maybe, I could have a bit of faith that it would carry me through.

Our theme for October is Fear to Faith. Our intention is to move from fear to faith in all aspects of our lives. And if you want to, join me in affirming, “In this
moment, I affirm the presence of Good in, through and all around me. I know that all fear is simply the absence of faith. Today I have faith in the Good!

With Deep Love,

Rev. Nicole Von Atzingen