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 … read more.
Category: Faith Formation Programming at UUCB
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 … read more.
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 … read more.
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. … read more.
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 … read more.
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 … read more.
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 … read more.
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 … read more.
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 … read more.
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 … read more.
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 … read more.
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 … read more.
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, … read more.
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 … read more.
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 … read more.
I have always been fascinated with how the brain latches on to stories more than anything else to make sense of the world. Anthony de Mello put it well when he said, “you have to understand that the shortest distance between a human being and … read more.
October’s theme is healing. What a beautiful concept and something that is needed in all of our lives. I have been a reluctant student of grief lately, and though I realize that I am barely skimming the surface of the full depths of human suffering, … read more.
If you watched the Olympics, I dare say, you are familiar with these words – played in prime time coverage of the games. What beautiful words and why is this news to us? Of course we are more alike, right? We are all human. … read more.
Every now and then, you hear or read something that makes a piece of life’s great puzzle fall into place. Mindset- the New Psychology of Success was such a book for me. In it Carol Dweck talks about an experiment she did with kindergarteners where … read more.
I got to help plant trees this week, along with a dozen kids, as I assisted Amy with her Sing the World Green camp. As I dug holes and packed soil in around plants I recalled the first poem I ever memorized. It is by … read more.