With the new season upon us, I am reminded of the final issue of Rev Charlie Kast’s Baseball Unitarian Universalist Spiritual Intensive (b.u.u.s.i.) that I’ve been carrying around since Dec 25, 2003. A journal for people for whom baseball is a spiritual journey. I have reclaimed my inner youth-love for baseball, not necessarily my card collecting and card convention organizing days (even imagined opening my own card store, Lyons Cards Inc.) but more just the following of the seasonal baseball liturgy. The b.u.u.s.i. newsletter is a collection of articles, essays and sermons by UU ministers and updates on the fantasy league results. Rev Bill Gupton won the 2003 pool by selecting the winners of each division and mvp/cy young.
In this final issue Rev Emily Gage writes for the UU Church of Joliet on "Fun and Stressful Games", Rev Daniel Kanter offers a nice piece called "Is Bud Selig the Devil", and Rev Rebecca Cohen (who I think I met at Meadville years ago) offers a sermon delivered to the Accotink UU Church on "Rebecca’s Top Ten Religious Lessons from the Sport of Baseball." I would love to see this group re-ignite.
Charlie offers these wonderful words on baseball:
baseball is the universal story: an odyssey in which the individual leaves home in search of truth and meaning in life. the hero is aided by teammates who sacrifice for him and assist him on the journey. enemies oppose her and try to put her out. after many trials, the hero finds success only in returning home again.