A Weaving Metaphor

A Weaving Metaphor

I am grateful to the Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BVUUF) for the content in this week's blog post. The congregation completed a 70-week renovation of their church facility in 2020. For more information about their project, go to https://www.bvuuf.org

Our UU 7th Principle is "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."

Creating and maintaining a tight-knit, high performing, quality relationship between our Sanctuary Construction Committee, our architect and our contractor is like weaving a fine piece of fabric:

  • It must have a plan and it takes lots of research. So many decisions: How large? How Long? What kind of fiber? How much time & money is available?
  • It's woven under tension. Too little and the weaving will sag. Too much and the threads will snap. We adjust the tension often.
  • It must have a strong warp. In Navajo rug weaving, you can't see the warp. Those are the threads in the interior of the rug. The warp threads work behind the scenes and keep the backbone of the rug strong and durable.
  • It must have a beautiful weft. This is the pattern that you can see. It is woven one thread at a time. Some brightly colored threads are attention-getting and used for show; other more muted ones must harmonize and complement the others.
  • One must make repairs as the cloth is in progress. A weaver asks for help when things begin to literally fall apart. And, it’s important to admit one’s mistakes.
  • There must be no loose ends. When the fabric is finished, all the ends are tied off. It's important not to unravel!


Craig Spery is the chair of the sanctuary planning and construction committee