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Cassandra Howe-0220-0293-Small PrintReflection:  Goodbye and  Thank you

“In the world to come I shall not be asked, “Why were you not Moses?’ I shall be asked, “Why were you not Zusya?”
- Rabbi Zusya

The first event that helped me to understand who you are as UUCGT was the Fall Follies. I remember walking through the front doors. Immediately there was the sense of Christmas. You were slowly unwrapping, through the silent auction and the talent show, the beautiful mix of talents and talents-in-formation that was and is UUCGT. There was that sparkle in the air and you knew that this was something special.

I encountered this feeling again, in the weeks leading up to your calling of Rabbi Chava Bahle. You knew, as a whole community, the threshold you were on, and that you were ready, ready to leap into the next stage of your life together.

The third time I felt this sense of Christmas, of magic, of full anticipation was on your 50th anniversary. Your orchestra played, you sang, Kevin and Emmy Lou- two people who have ministered to you and loved you for who you are- spoke, and you unwrapped another layer of this present that is UUCGT. A gift unlike any other. A gift that you will forever unwrap as you enter into new challenges, new phases, new eras of your life as a liberal religious community.

Rev. Cassie


The Common Heart: Spiritual Paradigm Shift; Rabbi Chava Bahle at TEDxTraverseCity 2014


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse
6726 Center Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49686
231-947-3117 (office) 231-947-0726 (fax)