On Sunday, UUCW is hosting the Waukesha and Hartland congregations for our morning service and potluck. In an effort to show off our best selves, we’re preparing a celebration of “Lammas”, one of the seasonal earth-based rituals. The Earth Spirit Team is diving deep into allegory, and Ruben is rehearsing a group of singers including voices from all three congregations. And bread is a-baking!

How can you prepare? Easy! Show up! Bring something for the potluck that follows. And read this parable to get help get you into the spirit. It’s called “Acornology”, and it reminds us of the metaphorical seeds of intention that we planted during Imbolc and Beltane. It also reminds us that transformation is possible. Indeed, it’s afoot here at UUCW!

Enjoy!

Rev. Jullan

Acornology

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a wonderful community of acorns, nestled at the foot of a grand old oak tree. Since the members of this community were contemporary, fully Westernized acorns, they went about their life with a purposeful energy; and since they were mid-life baby-boomer acorns, they engaged in a lot of self-help courses. There were seminars called “Getting All You Can out of Your Shell.” There were powerful woundedness and recovery groups for acorns who had been bruised in their original fall from the tree. The members of the community assembled shell-repair kits to give out at the local open-air market on Saturdays. There were spas for oiling and polishing those shells and lessons for young acorns in how to adjust their caps, or how to re-attach their caps, for they were sure to come off sometimes. There were numerous and various acornopathic therapies to enhance longevity and well-being.

One day in the midst of this community there suddenly appeared a knotty little stranger, apparently dropped out of the blue by a passing bird. This acorn was capless and dirty, making an immediate negative impression on the other acorns. And then, crouched beneath the spreading oak tree, this new-arrived, unfamiliar and rather unkempt acorn stammered out a wild tale. Pointing up at the grand oak tree, the acorn said, “We … are … that!”

Delusional thinking, obviously, the other acorns concluded, but one of them continued to engage the newcomer in conversation: “So tell us, how would we become that tree?” “Well,” said the acorn, scratching their face, pointing downward, “I’m not entirely sure, but I think it has something to do with going into the ground…and cracking open the shell.”

“Insane!” the other acorns responded. “Totally morbid! Why then we wouldn’t be acorns anymore.”

*This story originated with Maurice Nicoll in the 1950s. Jacob Needleman popularized it in Lost Christianity and named it “Acornology.” Cynthia Bourgeault retold the story in her book, The Wisdom Way of Knowing.