I am back on the east coast this week celebrating the marriage of a nephew and coping with the final chapters of aging parents-in-law. Coupled with upcoming memorial services for both Barbara Parsons and Sue McCoy, I am reminded more than ever of the poignant passages in our lives. More than ever, I am reminded of the enduring strength of our faith and our community in responding to them. Last week at the commencement at UC Berkeley, Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, spoke poignantly and powerfully about dealing with death. Having recently lost her husband unexpectedly and too early, she reflected on the importance of taking responsibility in life but not for taking responsibility for the inevitability of death, for grieving deeply but also for recognizing the beauty in the rest of life, and for grieving deeply but also for recognizing that life does indeed go on.
I am grateful for those insights and for our community.