Intern’s Item

Dear HUP Beloveds,

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”​ – Frederick Buechner

I find myself appreciating the sweetness of the last worship theme of my internship at HUP: Calling. I believe that everyone is called by God, and that calling comes from deep within us, from our souls. Problem is, a la Quaker scholar and spiritual guru Parker Palmer, we learn to stop listening early on as we learn the fine art of the aforementioned crashing through the woods. Both as an educator and as a minister, I have been driven by the motive to help all people, young and old, listen to their deepest truths. I am grateful for the opportunity to do this through my narrative ministry project this year at HUP!

In fact, one of the questions on my narrative ministry interview deals with Calling specifically. Working with my Intern Committee, we refashioned the topic of calling through a series of questions: Have you ever experienced a calling? Who did you want to be when you grew up? What does your work mean to you?

From the postman to the CEO to the homeless person to the stay and home mom, every soul is called to the divine, to the joy, to the blessing of life. While our identities are not defined by our work, they should be formed by a sense of call. May Hopedale Unitarian Parish be a place where that call is heard.

Blessings,
Jennie