“Liminal is from the Latin word ‘limen’, which means threshold. A liminal space is the time between ‘what was’ and ‘what’s next’. It is a place of transition: a time of waiting and not knowing the future.”
Most people feel completely overwhelmed and confused when going through a major change. It can feel raw, vulnerable, and uncertain. However, some of life’s most turbulent moments are where the best and most enduring transformation can occur.
Currently, there are many liminal spaces in the world. Here are a few liminal spaces that I can call to mind:
- We are waiting to see how future elections may change our country.
- We are waiting for what comes next with climate change.
- And we are waiting to learn if we are nearing the end of the Covid pandemic.
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church is in a liminal space as well. For two and half years we have been dealing with Covid. It has changed and challenged us, and we don’t know what our future will be.
Also, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church is waiting for “what’s next” as The Unitarian Universalist Association’s Article II Study Commission reviews our principles and purpose, — that is, reviews who we are as a denomination. The outcome from this review will be the blueprint of what will hopefully guide us into the future as a denomination. The 8th Principle is an example of what might be added.
Immense growth can happen during a liminal space. I invite you this morning to reflect on how the next chapter of who we are as a church and denomination might be written.
(You can watch our worship service streamed at 11 am on our Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/yfx9pnx6, or our website https://tvuuc.org/ and also on our YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/ycksxc98.)
Per the CDC, Knox County’s risk level has returned to LOW. No COVID-related restrictions are in place, though masks and vaccination are encouraged. The Lizzie Crozier-French room is designated for remote viewing with masks required for all over the age of two. Room A will also be available for families with children, with masks required for all over the age of two. You may also watch our services online. The full Covid policy can be viewed online here.