Ann Walk is not your typical UUCSS member. She lives in Michigan and has never lived in Maryland. An invitation from childhood friend Deborah Thornton to attend an online service led to a realization that we are her tribe. Since then, she has been a resolute attender and even helped with a church cleanup when she visited. While this may seem unusual, in Ann-space this is all part of a continuum.
Eight years ago, after the death of her husband, she moved to St. Croix, USVI to stay with a friend and ended up living there. This opened her to a sense of interconnectedness or as she states the Blinding Flashes of the Obvious (BFOs) that nourish spirit and soul. While being there was healing, she began to feel a disquiet and a need to go back to Michigan. Shortly after returning, her son-in-law was diagnosed with cancer, and she was able to be there for her family. Since then, she has been listening and the Universe has had a lot to tell her.
It was not a quiet whisper but a “bolt of lightning” when she experienced UUCSS. Everything resonated down to her core. The UU principles aligned with her principles and people seemed so welcoming, a feeling of connection that has grown with every visit. Her local UU churches do not seem the same, so she is hoping to move to Maryland. In the meantime, perhaps you can share a Blinding Flash of the Obvious when she next visits us.