It Has Been Nearly 50 Years by Jean Spohn

It has been nearly 50 years since Tom and I found this Unitarian Universalist church sitting next to Saltwater State Park. Our children were toddlers and we were in our early 20s. We found it to be a liberal religious group that meshed so completely with our beliefs and it came with the bonus of being a caring and energetic community.

It became our second home. It has been the site of family celebrations for us – our daughter’s wedding and our 25th and 50th anniversary celebrations. I have so many wonderful memories of events in this beautiful setting. I was so proud when our church members voted unanimously to become a Green Sanctuary. I appreciate the opportunity to meditate every Tuesday evening and walk our Labyrinth. I cherish times to visit with friends after church. We have both been retired for over 10 years, and despite our ‘stagnant’ income continue to increase our pledge because giving to this church is in the same category as funding college for our grandchildren. It is really important. If it provides just a fraction of the spiritual, emotional and community support to other members that we have received, we are joyful and grateful.