Looking to the Future
- Last Updated: 15 June 2016
Friends, we have so much to celebrate as a congregation. Our church community is strong – we have been incredibly active the past three years that I’ve been here, and by all accounts this is a continuation of the active and healthy nature of our community for quite a while. Among many, many other accomplishments over the past three years, we’ve put on a new roof and put solar panels on that roof, we’ve create new mission and visions statements, we’ve upgraded our communications and technology infrastructure, and we’ve increased our giving, both in our stewardship campaigns for the church as well as to other organizations in the community.
I see us now moving into a stage of looking to the future. Our mission and vision work last year set the stage – our mission statement of “Exploring faith. Practicing inclusivity. Living justice.” points us in the direction we need to be heading. The challenge for us now is how do we live into our mission statement? Concretely, on the ground, what does it mean for us to be called to explore our faith? What does it mean to practice inclusivity on a day to day basis? What does it look like to live justice in our lives? Those are questions we’re going to have to wrestle with and grapple with, true to the nature of Unitarian Universalism.
A Fragile Blessing
- Last Updated: 15 June 2016
The human relationships we share with those close to us—families, friends, and the relationships we create as we choose life partners or marry—are one of the greatest blessings of life. Many of us probably count them as the greatest blessing. They are also one of the most fragile. They can be difficult. They’re messy, sometimes marked by jagged edges and tempestuous storms. They are subject to constant change, some of which challenge us and challenge the relationship itself. They’re frequently a mixed blessing, marked by both joy and sadness. They can end through circumstances or by choice, and one of the people in the relationship will almost surely die before the other.
These poems span several decades and a variety of situations. They all speak to love’s blessing and its pain.
“The Listening Heart” was written for a friend whose generous and compassionate listening was a beacon of hope for me in a trying time.
The Listening Heart
And I am heard.
And I am understood.
And I am known,
Gently held in the clear white light
2015-2016 Annual Report
- Last Updated: 19 May 2016
UUCM 2015-2016 Annual Report
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- Last Updated: 05 May 2016
I have the pleasure these days of watching a small child create art. My daughter Mira, who just turned two, delights in coloring, and you can see it in her eyes. They light up at the idea of coloring, they focus intently during the process, and they beam with pride when she is done. It’s a joy to watch her find joy in the entire process. But it’s the last part – the eyes beaming with pride when she’s done – that challenges me to think more deeply about our theme for this month of Creativity. For her coloring is exactly what it should be at this point in her developmental cycle: squiggles of lines all over the paper that have absolutely nothing to do with black lines outlining the image or object to be colored. And, she is free of self-judgment, or the awareness of “what should be” – she simply delights in what is. Mira is not unique in this of course. Most, if not all young children from what I can tell share this lack of self-judgment. Too often though, we adults are unable to follow suit and separate our acts of creativity from the self-judgment that follow.