At our All-Church Retreat, I led a session on religious language. We played a game where folks got a card with a tricky religious word on it and moved around the room to collect definitions. Then each person shared the definitions out loud. I thought … read more.
Category: Love Notes by Rev. Kelly Dignan
This is the first fall season where there is no “back to school day” in our household. All the kids have finished their education (at least for now). I feel a little melancholy, but it is beautiful to see them blossom and pursue their passions. … read more.
I am amazed at how many decisions get made on a weekly basis at our church. Large and small, decisions are made by teams of committed volunteers so that our church can live its mission. In October, a decision will be made, and the processes … read more.
In late May, I got a call from a reporter at UU World, our denomination’s magazine. She knew we had participated in the #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn during our worship service on April 30th. If you were not able to attend that Sunday, you can hear the service … read more.
One of my favorite movies came out in the early 1990s – Sister Act. A Reno lounge singer named Deloris Van Carter (played by Whoopi Goldberg) witnesses her gangster boyfriend killing someone. She reports it to the police who put her in the witness protection … read more.
This morning I took my regular walk up the hill from our house, across a stream, up some more hills until I reached my “sit spot” – one place I go to release and unclench. It feels different this morning. First of all, my knees … read more.
“From you I receive, to you I give. Together we share, and from this we live.” Number 402 in our grey hymnal – Singing the Living Tradition.
These words describe so simply how we help each other transform.
Last month we focused on the first phrase, … read more.
The poet Mark Nepo says that on the surface of things, giving and receiving are about exchanges: “You need. I give. You feel grateful. I feel good about myself. You feel indebted. You give back. We take turns. But below the surface of things, giving … read more.
Afraid that our inner light will be extinguished or our inner darkness exposed, we hide our true identities from each other. In the process, we become separated from our own souls. We end up living divided lives, so far removed from the truth we hold … read more.
Our theme in January is prophecy. Unitarian Universalism is, and always has been, a prophetic religion which means we intervene in human history for the sake of social justice. Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker describes prophets as “brave and bold people who are willing to see … read more.
Our theme this month is presence. What does it mean to be a person of presence? A community of presence?
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m living in a society of anxiety. (If you say that out loud, it rhymes.) The … read more.
As a young girl, I loved to read. I read Nancy Drew novels, The Little House on the Prairie, and I’m sure I would have read Harry Potter if he and his friends had been around. However, for most of my adult life, I was … read more.
Our theme in October is Healing. The dictionary definition is: to make healthy, whole, or sound; to become well. Synonyms include: alleviate; reconcile; soothe; repair; mend; revive.
Last month, we talked about how for Unitarian Universalists, covenant is a promise to connect to the Source of … read more.
Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal, not creedal, religion. That means we do not espouse doctrines or subscribe to dogma. Each of us have freedom of belief; we can believe whatever helps us deepen faith, live well, and enact justice. So what makes us a religion? … read more.
Love Notes: “What is Your Theme?” by Rev. Kelly Dignan
During the months of July and August, we do not have a monthly ministry theme, and I must admit I miss it. I miss having a focal point, a topic we think about … read more.
As I write this, it has been only five days since the mass shooting in Orlando. This tragedy is a prime example of how justice issues intersect: hate toward people who identify as LGBTQAI, racism and anti-immigrant sentiments (Latinos were the predominant victims at Pulse … read more.
Happy Summer! Our June theme simplicity, and it feels appropriate after a full, active church year.
On my very first Sunday as your settled minister, I talked about summer. It seems there is a certain playfulness and freedom about this season of the year, and I … read more.
Our theme this month is Blessing. What does it mean to be a people of blessing? One of the best descriptions I have found comes from Soul to Soul, a
book we often use for Covenant groups, written by Alicia Hawkins and Unitarian Universalist minister, Rev. Christine … read more.
Love Notes: Reflections by Rev. Kelly Dignan
I was in the church office with a few folks and commented that I was just about to write my newsletter column. They asked about the theme, and I explained it was Creation. I said, “Where do I begin?” … read more.