Faith Formation Programming at UUCB

Faith Formation Focus Register your Child(ren) for Religious Education

Hello Parents and Families! Welcome to UUCB’s Sunday Morning 2018-19 Religious Education program!  My name is Rev. Dana Lightsey and I am your Acting Assistant Minister in charge of Religious Education.  Amy Szen is our Office Administrator and is assisting with our program. We are excited to work with you and your children.  It has … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: Register your Child(ren) for Religious Education!

We are getting excited for the new church year. Preschool: Our preschool teachers, Tim and Susan Bailey, return to lead this age group Kindergarten through 5th Grade will be together this year, using a Montessori style of learning where the older children teach and learn. The curriculum for K-5 is: Theme-based Soul Matters Program. Each … Continued

Announcing our Acting Assistant Minister, Rev. Dana Lightsey

We are thrilled to announce we have made an offer to Rev. Dana Lightsey, and she has accepted the role of UUCB’s Acting Assistant Minister. This is a two year ministry with the potential to become long-term. During the first year, she will focus on lifespan faith formation for all ages, working with our Strategic Initiatives … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: The Wisdom of Balance

“What is joy without sorrow? What is success without failure? What is a win without a loss? What is health without illness? You have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. ”  Mark Twain If there is one concept I truly love in this world it is the wisdom of balance. Why? … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: The Power of Perseverance

We see the achievements of perseverance everywhere we look. We can see it when a river cuts through rock- not because of its power but because of its persistence.  We can see it in the story of the stonecutter who hammers at a rock one hundred times with no result; not even a crack. Then … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: Intention

We start out the new year with the interesting theme of intention.  Intention is an awareness of purpose that guides our words and actions. The arabic word for intention is “seed” because it is the starting place for all our thoughts and actions.  And yet it’s not as simple as that. I grew up hearing … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: Hope

The hope that is alive in me this holiday season is that we, together as a  congregation, can become a stronger multicultural community.- and I’m not just saying that to get brownie points as a Director of Faith Formation!  This is a hope renewed in me from the privilege I had of attending two intense … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: Abundance

Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes abundance.  Epicurus Since Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher who live 341 BC, we can see that the above wisdom has been around for a very long time and that the beauty of its truth doesn’t diminish. These words open the floodgates of true wealth for … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: The Courage to Be Vulnerable

October’s theme is courage.  In the past year or so I have thought about courage in a different way, that has been helpful to me, so I thought I’d try to share that here.  A while back Rev. Kelly mentioned in one of her sermons the research of Brene’ Brown about how wholehearted people have … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: Spiritual Practices

At our All Church Camp this year I got to offer a workshop with Kelly on spiritual practices.  This is the definition of spirituality from Parker Palmer and William Murray that Rev. Kelly shared. “Spirituality is the human yearning to connect to something larger than ourselves”.  I find that being part of something bigger than … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: On Words

I didn’t make it to General Assembly this year so I went on the UUA website to meet our new (and first woman) UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray.  I was very impressed with some things she said and what I learned about her. I then listened to parts of some Ware Lectures (the keynote speakers … Continued

Highlights from The Gift of Imperfect Parenting

  One of the highlights of this past spring was getting to lead a parenting class  on  material that has hugely influenced the way I parent from Brene’ Brown.  The course was audio so we took notes while we listened and paused the CD for lively discussion.  I learned a lot from the different experience … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: “A Zest for Life”

  I have always greatly admired people who have an unquenchable zest for life.  They are the much-needed spice in what can be the bland humdrum of the day in and day out.  Who pops into your mind when you think of someone who embodies this trait (apart from Rev. Kelly)? Mine would be a … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: A Tribute to Women for Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is just around the corner, a day when we honor all of the women who have blessed our lives.  This is good, but I can’t help but think that the world owes more to mothers, more to women, than thank you.  Women have had more to offer throughout history than we’ve been allowed … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: Transformation

As Unitarian Universalist we are in the business of transformation.  When I first joined the church I was impressed that the mission of the UUA is to transform people who will transform the world.     The word “transformation” carries the prefix “trans” which means “beyond,” so to transform is literally to go beyond our … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: “On Risk”

  I can’t speak of risk without being in awe of so many people who risk personal safety for justice and the greater good. When my family watched the movie Selma about the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr. I remember the comment that my daughter made as the credits rolled.  She said, … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: “What’s in a Name?”

One of the first and most important ways that we connect to another person or thing is through learning their name. Each of us is identified by our personal names and by the names we call ourselves like, in my case, mother, sister, wife, friend, director and Unitarian Universalist.  Some people would even say that … Continued

Faith Formation Focus: Prophecy

We start out the New Year with a theme word that is not so obvious to our faith.  The word is prophecy and we will undoubtedly all understand it better after delving into it more this month in our services and mindful meetings.  In the meantime I did some searching on my own –first in … Continued

Faith Formation Focus “Welcome Christmas”

I was recently struck by the words of Charles Dickens, the Unitarian who brought back Christmas when it was going out of style by writing A Christmas Carol.  In it he says “Christmas is a good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time, the only time I know of in the long calendar year when … Continued