We awoke today to no definitive news about the results of the 2020 presidential election. Due to certain states’ rules about mailed-in ballots, we may not know the full results for a few days, if not a few weeks. Though expected, it doesn’t make this week much less stressful.
So, on this day of waiting, we take care of ourselves and each other. We strive to lift up in gratitude all of the essential workers and volunteers who made the election happen as safely as possible, and who are diligently tallying votes across the nation. We strive to remember our relief that there were not reports of mass intimidation and violence at polling places. And, as our national denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association, wrote on Monday, we strive to: have patience as we #CountEveryVote; take time for our spiritual practices, social engagement, and finding joy; and, be ready to respond with non-violent action if there is an attempt to subvert the election results.
Remember that your staff and friends at First Parish are here for you and are committed to the work of justice in the long haul, no matter how the election turns out. Jenna and I are hosting a special Zoom Thursday vespers from 5-7 pm, and you can reach out to us or the Pastoral Care team if you need spiritual support during this stressful week. You can also reference the self-care document Jenna and I created last week.
Please, take care of yourselves and each other. You are inherently worthy and part of a faith community that cherishes you!