Two months ago, our DLRE Mark LaPointe helped our congregation cope with “election stress”: together, he and I led an evening election anxiety workshop; he led us in a Time for All Ages about different stress-relief techniques; and, he published a blog article with his top tips. Continue reading…
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In these dark days for environmental protection, can we make progress on our Commit2Respond pledge to reduce carbon emissions and work for eco justice? Yes, we can — and at this time it is more crucial than ever to do so. During the month of January, watch for creative Actions of the Week from the Green Congregation Committee. Our efforts will culminate in a community showing of the climate change film A Time to Choose on Sunday, February 12 at 3pm in the Sanctuary. The 90-minute film by Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson is a hard-hitting yet hopeful film. It will be followed by a discussion of concrete steps to address climate change as well as informational tables from local groups.
I’m not an apologist for Fidel Castro. He committed many atrocities after he came to power in 1959 having lead the revolution against Fulgencio Batista. One of my major concerns about U.S. foreign policy is that decisions are too often made in the absence of the historical context of issue in question. Continue reading…
Notes from the “Making Room” Task Force
In a November 18 blog post, Eliot Jekowsky outlined general reasons for membership growth. He discussed the benefits of actively growing: expanding our diversity, becoming a sanctuary for others, and adding fresh energy and resources to our membership. Continue reading…
Amy Brown read this lovely and timely poem as our Chalice Lighting at the November 27 service. It is reprinted at the suggestion of Kathi Cotte and with permission of the author, who is the minister at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque.
by Angela Herrera
Don’t leave your broken heart at the door,
Bring it to the alter of life.
Don’t leave your anger behind:
it has high standards
and the world needs vision.
Bring them with you,
and your joy, and your passion.
Bring your loving
and your courage
and your conviction.
Bring your need for healing
and your power to heal.
There is work to do
and you have all that you need to do it
right here in this room.
A summer night from my yard
when checking clouds for rain,
I saw something special,
bringing me a lift of hope.
Near an elm tree top,
a small, soft blinking light
moving through the darkness.
First Firefly of summer.
I called my friend to share
a very welcome sight.
“Everything’s all right.” But -
every year, fewer Fireflies.
Flickering yards and fields,
fond memories of Firefly shows.
Yet, every year more habitat lost and
toxins encroach nearly everywhere.
If greed with lust conquer reason,
and Fireflies dwindle to the last,
life-friendly Earth may be turning
barren; just a cipher entry, in a
far, far away alien database.
Notes from the “Making Room” Task Force
The Making Room Task Force is charged with starting a conversation about growth and space. As the representative from Parish Committee on this Task Force, I think it is important to start the conversation by discussing what growth means.
Before we called our new minister, we conducted a congregational survey in 2013. At that time, over 80% Continue reading…
By the time the next Big Questions Forum rolls around on Tuesday November 15th, the pugnacious election campaign of 2016 will have concluded – at least in terms of the voting. We can but hope that there will be a measure of closure and acceptance by then, so we can begin to wonder: emerging from the fractious political battles we’ve witnessed and endured, where do we go from here? Continue reading…
It’s all over the media and in the public discourse – this year’s election is causing many people great anxiety. According to a Harris Poll survey, more than half of all Americans experience significant stress around the 2016 election. This is true across all ages groups although it seems to impact the “Matures” (71+) and the “Millennials” (19-37) most. Continue reading…
As we enter a month when our spiritual theme is “abundance and stewardship,” like Sweet Honey in the Rock, “I been trying to think about how to talk about greed.” As the group sings,
“Greed is a poison rising in this land…
Greed is a strain in the American Dream
Having more than you need is the essential theme.
Everybody wanting more than they need to survive
Is a perfect indication, greed has settled inside.”
When I listen to this song, I’m reminded Continue reading…