Reflections from the Minister

  • March 2020: Wisdom and Awakening

    March 2020: Wisdom and Awakening

    —What sources of ancient wisdom do you think we UUs should revisit and recover, especially in these turbulent times? How should we balance reverence for those sources with new forms of wisdom emerging today?
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  • February 2020: The Dance of Resilience and Grace

    February 2020: The Dance of Resilience and Grace

    —For us, resilience is a community effort, a community practice. We survive by leaning on each other, by pitching in to help those in need, who will then pitch in to help us, when our turn comes. Resilience is the quality we build together, every time we gather, every time we resolve a conflict, or…
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  • January 2020: Rediscover Your Integrity

    January 2020: Rediscover Your Integrity

    —Think of the hunt for integrity more like getting away from all the noise of the traffic so the song of the birds can be heard. Stop and listen.
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  • December 2019: Get Awe-struck!

    December 2019: Get Awe-struck!

    —To live life in awe of everything around you - what a gift! Most of us cannot manage to live our whole lives this way, but we can manage to add more awe to our daily lives. And we should! New research is demonstrating that a daily dose of awe can be healing.
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  • November 2019: Pay Attention

    November 2019: Pay Attention

    —In her poem "Gratitude," Mary Oliver asks herself questions of attention: What did you notice? What did you hear? When did you admire? What astonished you?
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  • October 2019: Whose Am I?

    October 2019: Whose Am I?

    —The ancient question, ‘Who am I?’ inevitably leads to a deeper one: ‘Whose am I?’ – because there is no identity outside of relationship. You cannot be a person by yourself. To ask “Whose am I” is to extend the question far beyond the little self-absorbed self, and wonder: Who needs you? Who loves you?
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  • June 2019: Beauty Carries Us

    June 2019: Beauty Carries Us

    —Beauty holds us, strengthens us, empowers us. Beauty shows us that the universe was meant for us. Do you have a special object or image that grounds you? Maybe it’s a stone or a shell, a poem or a memory of a special place.
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  • May 2019: Curious About Curiosity?

    May 2019: Curious About Curiosity?

    —“Curiosity” is our worship theme for May, and, I must admit, it’s one of those “hiding in plain sight” concepts that I’d never taken the time to ponder. And yet, it’s everywhere, part of every human achievement, and it’s absolutely elemental to our faith tradition.
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  • April 2019: Broken, Yet Whole

    April 2019: Broken, Yet Whole

    —The more we love and lose - and survive it, ready to love again - the more our wholeness is accomplished, and the more it radiates out from us, lending strength to all around us. 
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  • March 2019: Journey Onward

    March 2019: Journey Onward

    —In worship this month, we’ll be thinking about the journeys of our lives, both metaphorical and literal. We’ll look at stories of travel and migration and the immigration controversy in the US, plus we’ll embark together on the journey of Stewardship, expressed in how we choose to support our values.
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