Regular Business Congregational Meeting, Sunday, May 17, 2015
- Last Updated on 15 April 2015
On Sunday, May 17, immediately following the service, we will hold our Regular Business Congregational Meeting. Copies of the proposed By-Laws changes are available at the link at the end of this article. Please plan to attend and be part of our church's democratic process.
New Pictorial Church Directory
- Last Updated on 09 April 2015
We are very excited to be utilizing the services of Lifetouch Church Directories and Portraits again to create an updated Pictorial Directory for UUCM this year. We currently have two days scheduled for portrait photography. They are Friday, May 15, 2-9 pm, and Saturday, May 16, 9:30 am-4:30 pm at our church. Please visit this website at your earliest convenience and make an appointment to have your directory portrait taken by a professional photographer from Lifetouch.
An Air of Trust
- Last Updated on 31 March 2015
Having trust is kind like of breathing air. When you have trust in one someone or something, a person, a business, or an institution, you generally, unless provided a reason, tend not to think about it. You might say “I just like her, she’s a great person.” or “They just make high quality products.” or “They’re great to work with, they always do a good job!” Comments like these are often indicative that said person or organization is worthy of or has earned our trust. We notice the absence of trust when it is broken though – just like we quite clearly notice the absence of air if we can’t breath. When a person or organization has blatantly broken our trust, we might say something like “wow, I really don’t trust him/them” – it’s clear that we’re gasping for “trust air.” But there are many times in relationships, whether newer or longer term, where we do not have trust, either because it hasn’t been earned, or because we’ve experienced a person as unreliable over time, that aren’t quite as clear. When the trust-breaking is on this more subtle level, when we’re just having a bit of a hard time “trust breathing,” we’re more likely to name it as something else – “he’s unpleasant to work with,” for example. And sometimes we might not even be able to name it all.
A Trustworthy and Trusting Community
- Last Updated on 31 March 2015
Roland giggles with glee and grins from ear to ear as his father lightly tosses him into the air and catches him. It never occurs to Roland that his dad won’t catch him. He is equally confident that food will be forthcoming when he’s hungry, or someone will be there to encourage him when he plops into a heap on the floor as he learns to walk. That’s the kind of trust we’re born with, and that’s the kind of trust that life far too often erodes. Even for kids whose lives would by anyone’s estimate be accounted as “good” or “normal,” life brings with it events that eat away at trust and lead us to begin putting up barriers of wariness and suspicion. The playmate who was our best friend yesterday has a different best friend today. In our adult lives as well, trust doesn’t always fare well in the rough-and-tumble of daily living. Someone steals our good idea at work. We discover a partner or spouse has been less than truthful with us. In other words, we learn that our trust isn’t always met with dependability and integrity.
- Faith Matters
- Faith, Trust, and the Transpersonal
- Vulnerability Matters
- Vulnerability: The Chosen and the Unchosen
- Change Is In the Air
- The Empty Is the Real
- Open Spaces
- Ferguson: Questions and Answers and Questions
- Fertilizing the Future
- Same-Sex Marriage and Community
- The Power of Community
- Life and Death in the Interdependent Web of All Existence
- Going Deeper: Microaggressions & White Privilege
- Class Is In Session