From the President, November 2019

From the President, November 2019

After rewatching Downton Abbey, I was struck by how often they use the word kind. Any favor or attitude is expressed as kind or unkind. Even in the Boy Scout Law, kind is mentioned, as well as friendly.

People’s Church is a kind house of worship, and this year you all have been especially kind. We celebrated 150 years of existence as a religion in the Cedar Rapids area, and will feel the effects for years to come.

We are a welcoming congregation, and we are nonjudgmental in many, many ways. We are kind. We look to help others in our programs, and allow others to discover for themselves their place in the world.

As a rule we don’t force a dogma at others, and we vote democratically when we govern. If there is strength in being kind, we are among the strongest organizations that exists.

I personally appreciate every kind act and word that has come my way since joining PCUU. There are days when my faith in humans gets tested. And then some person just does or says the kind thing that amazes me, and inspires me to be kind myself.

Going in to the Holiday Season, kindness can take many forms. As an adult, gifts mean less to me than they once did. But a little kindness never grows old.

I hope to see you all at our Annual Meeting in December, and yes, this time a meal will be involved.


Mike Meshak
PCUU Board President