News (Page 53)

News (Page 53)

Superheroes Update January 29, 2017

Important information for February 12th, 2017! We are having a Children’s Chapel next Sunday, based on our fourth source of Unitarian Universalism: Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves, or in child-friendly language: Christian and Jewish teachings which tell us to love all others as we love…

President’s Memo January 2017

UUCC Board of Trustees President publishes a message to the congregation every month. Here is her message for January, 2017. Each month, when your Board of Trustees, (Frank Hazzard, Jen Hayashi, Patrick von Schlag, John Harris, Jodi Brown, and Katja Fort Rhoden) and your Executive Team (Paige and Maureen) meet, we begin our meetings with a reading, chalice lighting, and a…

A Tale of Two Roosevelts

Like many Unitarian Universalists, I experienced depression and sadness after the most recent presidential election. My eyes would well up with tears as I thought about the fear and hate that have become so prevalent in my country. But then I remembered what one of my heroes once said. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified…

Oohs and ahhs of Mary Oliver

Happy New Year everyone! For someone like me who loves to read, receiving Christmas presents of new and interesting books is a delight. When I came home from our Christmas morning worship service, there were several beautifully wrapped books under our tree. I eagerly opened each with interest and curiosity. Although reading on a Kindle is nice, lately I have longed for…

Future Plans

From the 8/28/16 Question Box service Can Anthony tell us his future plans? Can we keep Anthony after his internship? My master plan (my end statement)? To be an active duty military chaplain. This was and still very much is my clarion call to ministry, in the long term. My mission and my vision. My soul’s marching orders in this life. My working plan (the means to that…

Questioning Authority

When asked what I do in my position as a religious educator, I frequently describe my job as teaching children and youth to Question Authority. That description raises some eyebrows, elicits quizzical looks, occasionally raises gales of laughter. Why on earth would I want to encourage more questioning? Don’t children already ask enough questions? What does it really mean…

Walls and Hedges

My wife and I were listening to the radio program “This American Life” one morning a few weeks before the 2016 presidential election, when one of the interviewees commented “my dad had a wall around our yard when I was a kid — a big wall — that’s what we need in this country.” For me, a childhood memory was triggered. The year was 1959 and I was 8. My family had just…