Our Love for Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church

"If it excites you and scares you at the same time, you should probably just do it." Unknown

"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." -- Suzy Kassem

February, and especially the 14th, Valentine's Day, brings us thoughts of love on an annual basis. But, as Tina Turner sang, "What's love got to do with it?" The feast day was originally an honoring of one or more Saints named Valentine and had more to do with their holy works than romantic love.

This changed with Chaucer in the 14th century when courtly love concepts were flourishing and, by the 18th century in England, evolved to a tradition of lovers expressing their sentiments by sending love notes, confectionaries, and flowers.

I propose we evolve this concept even further by considering how our love for each other as loving partners, as loving congregants, as loving members of OCUUC, and as loving expressers of our belief in the future of Unitarian Universalism to be a means of improving the lives of our communities, our families, our children and grandchildren, and as the means to achieving growing love and respect for all in our world.

Sounds like an impossible task, I know, and one we've heard tried many times before. I propose that we start with a smaller, though still very large, task, that of focusing on and producing the actuality of our long-desired Sanctuary.

When we can finish this daunting task we can, I believe, begin our real task of outreach to others in our community to show that acceptance and love of all peoples can be the way to reach paradise here on earth. And we, open-hearted but open-eyed faithful, know this can never be an utopia but instead a real paradise where every person's ideas and opinions are heard, however trying that might be, and where all conflict is limited to heated discussions at worst.

Let me know which of the following tasks you’d like to be involved in:

Long Range Plan development; Strategic Plan for Sanctuary; Financial Planning; Architectural Plans; Building Capital Campaign.

Join me in the excitement and trepidation of what erecting a true church building, not just a meeting hall, could mean for our future. We should probably just do it!

Donald Martin

president@ocuuc.org