Focus on the Roots

Laura and I recently celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. It was August 18, and what we did was spend the day on the Chattahoochee River, kayaking for a couple of hours. What fun! I continue to be amazed at the wealth of natural resources, so readily accessible to us here in Atlanta. Right in the midst of us, the big winding Chattahoochee. We are lucky.

Although I will say that, at this writing, I continue to nurse my sunburned knees. I remembered to put suntan lotion on everything else—how did I forget my knees?

I hope that you and your family had a splendid summer, either at home or away (or both). Now that I am back home and back here at UUCA, it looks like things have been wonderfully busy in my absence. Thanks so much to Rev. Keller for so ably serving as acting Senior Minister in my absence. I truly appreciate her ministry among us, as well as all the hard work of the rest of the staff, the UUCA board, and all our volunteers. Please let them know that you appreciate them!

As you may know, my family and I spent July in New York State—in a place called Chestnut Ridge. We lived in a tiny home in the midst of a protected wooded area, and right beside us was a swimming hole called “the pond.” I swear, it was all just like a scene from out of our shared Unitarian Universalist history: Thoreau’s Walden Pond. Given that our First Sunday sermon series this year will focus on Walden (and more generally, the spirituality of Transcendentalism), I took our situation in New York to be a good omen.

When Emerson once said that Harvard (his alma mater, as well as Thoreau’s) taught all the branches of knowledge, Thoreau said in reply, “Yes, indeed, all the branches and none of the roots.” However, for us here at UUCA, we try to reverse Thoreau’s quip and focus on the roots. This will definitely be our goal this year. I’m looking forward the fulfilling journey that awaits us!


Rev. Anthony David, Senior Minister