Category: Minister’s Blog

March 22 worship service

It is not time essential — you may watch and worship along at home any time.  You can share it widely also.  There is a hymn within the service we could not figure out how to get the words on the screen, so here they are:

Hymn 1018 … read more.

Update on worship at UUFE

Hello to UUFE friends and family

We have decided to limit contact which will help stop the spread of Covid19 and this is the right decision.  It also means we will not worship together for at least a few weeks. I am confident that I … read more.

Wisdom in the Face of a Coming Epidemic

Our topic this month is wisdom, and while deciding what to write about, I found a piece my colleague, the Rev. Karen G. Johnston sent to her congregation about the CORONAVIRUS. I have adapted it for us, hoping that we will not fall into fear … read more.

Spiritual Resilience | Minister’s Blog

This month we are thinking about the theme of resilience.  It implies that there will be tough times during which we need to be resilient.  And we have those, to be sure. So then, resiliency means the combination of having the ability to bounce … read more.

Integrity | Minister’s Blog

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the movie about Mister Rogers, is not only doing well because of Tom Hanks being a great actor, or Fred Rogers having been a great guy, but because our country needs to see anybody model some integrity so badly.  … read more.

In Awe of You | Minister’s Blog

As a child I recalled looking forward to going to particular places to enjoy certain things.  The amusement park near my Grandparents’ house in Massachusetts was where I would get to take all of my quarters and play skee ball.  The County Park near our … read more.

Attention | Minister’s Blog

A favorite author of my youth, Tom Robbins, wrote, “Once one pays some attention to something, then you begin to see evidence of it everywhere.”

To put it another way, from the Music Man, “There were bells on a hill but I never heard them ringing…Till … read more.

Belonging

Have you ever been in that situation at work or at school or really, anywhere, when you see a circle of people and wonder if you are welcome in their circle?

It happened recently that I was sitting in such a circle. The next day I … read more.

Expectation

The word expectation makes me nervous. It can be so happy and full, hopeful and bright. Or it can be the total opposite when the outcome does not match the expectation. Perhaps it is not surprising, as I speak and write about transparency and boundaries … read more.

Contemplation

“Don’t just do something—sit there!” Because sometimes the path to move forward is not in the doing, but in the contemplation which allows for new ideas, thoughts, and visions.