Rev Danny Crosby

From the Minister

Minister’s message I was recently chatting with Jeanette Podestta, from Queens Road, about her dad John’s ashes. They will be scattered in the garden of Remembrance at Dunham Road. John Reece’s wife Phyl and both his parents Horace and Elsie are at Dunham Road, named on the nearly full wall there. I remembered that her mum Phyl and begun at Monton Unitarians and asked if that was where they were. She then said something that was both stunning and amusing. It seems that her mums family had become Unitarians “by mistake”. It was during the second world war and there were no signs up at the church signifying its denomination. Well Monton Unitarian Church is a grand old building, more impressive than the local parish church, well it appears that the family had mistaken it for this. That said it must have become a happy mistake as they found a home amongst we people. It got me thinking about the mistakes me make, how they can actually lead to blessings, as we learn from them and or they might lead us to new and wonderful example. I also smiled as I thought of jeanette’s grandparent and a line from the film “Withnail and I” came into my mind, “We’ve come on holiday by mistake”. It reminded of a sign on the door of the principal of the Unitarian College Rev Dr Anne Peat, it read “I have learnt so much from mistakes, that I think I am going to make a few more. It got me wondering about the dangers of seeking perfection, “straightness”, I much prefer the virtues of crookedness, afterall as Leonard Cohen observed, it’s the cracks that let the light. Beauty in life is found in the imperfections. "The philosopher Immanuel Kant once wrote, "Out of timber as crooked as that which man is made of, nothing perfectly straight can be carved." Now some take this to mean that there is something wrong with humanity, rather that the beauty in life is created by the misshapen, the imperfect. Ok so we can’t create things that are perfectly straight, we can though create something less perfect, with curves and knotholes. Life is not a competition where we have to be number one. Life is about falling down many times, making numerous mistakes and helping one another become the best we can, not for ourselves alone, but for all to share. Perhaps have a think this month about some of the mistakes you have made, how they have led to wonderful things. Maybe places you have been or things your have done by mistake that have led to some kind of blessing. Perhaps what it is that brought you to this free tradition of ours. I would love to know. Love and respect Rev Danny Event