Audrey Erbes

I’d like to share with you…Why I am a member of this congregation

I originally belonged to UUCPA from 1972-1990 during which time I raised my son in the church. I returned after the death of my second husband of 25 years more recently.   I was looking for spirituality and a community of like-minded people with a common interest in social justice with whom to form friendships.

 I love both the variety of instrumental and choral music—the outstanding choir’s regular participation raises my spirits. I find the involvement of those from across generations makes my participation more meaningful and the lively religious education program keeps me connected with the younger generation.

Living alone has made the “second Sunday lunches” very valuable for both the chance to interact with others but also work with some involved in the cleanup—literally allowing me to interact with other members as we get hands dirty.

I have especially enjoyed the Chalice Circle for two years and Women’s Group experience I have had this past year which has led to new friendships and regular sharing of thoughts, ideas and hugs. The congregation was a major source of healing and renewal in face of aggressive attacks on our values since the election. I have found the “speaking from the heart” with sincerity especially compelling.