Love Notes by Rev. Kelly Dignan

Love Notes: “Our True Selves”

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 within that we cannot know the integrity that comes from … Continued

Love Notes: Prophecy

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 what is happening, to say what is happening, and to … Continued

Love Notes: “Presence”

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 presidential campaign created a profound sense of separation, fear, … Continued

Love Notes: Life is Better with Fiction

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 too busy to read fiction. Working full time. Driving kids … Continued

Love Notes: Restoring Wholeness

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 Life, ourselves, the Earth, each other, society, and those … Continued

Love Notes: A Culture of Covenant

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? The etymology of the word religion is religare which in … Continued

Love Notes: “What is Your Theme?”

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 together in worship, meetings, and at home. We explored so much last … Continued

Love Notes: “Creative Imagination Provides Hope”

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 Night Club), gun violence, mental health issues, and Islamophobia. How … Continued

Love Notes: “Simplicity”

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 love it. For many years, Unitarian Universalist churches were … Continued

Love Notes: “Bless You”

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 Robinson. A blessing can be a wish of wellness, prayer, … Continued

Love Notes: The Big Bang

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?” And one person said, “With the Big Bang!” What … Continued

Love Notes: “No8Do”

This month our theme is liberation which is defined as the act or process of freeing someone or something from another’s control; the removal of traditional social rules, attitudes, etc.; a movement seeking equal rights and status for a group. Synonyms include setting free, salvation, emancipation, unchaining, release. I just returned from visiting my daughter … Continued

Love Notes: “Desire for Growth”

This month our theme is Desire. The definition of the word is: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. Synonyms are: wish, lust, passion; to long for, to yearn for, to crave. Buddhists say that desire can lead to greed and attachment, and both of those can result in suffering and … Continued

Love Notes: “Resisting What We Need”

A friend of mine has a four-year-old who loves to play in the snow, but when it is time to get ready to go outside, he resists putting on gloves. The snow suit, boots, and hat are just fine, but he doesn’t like those gloves. Without fail, he plays for a few minutes, begins to … Continued

Love Notes: “Expectation in the Holiday Season”

What does it mean to be a people of expectation? That is what we’ll explore together this month. The definition of expectation is: a belief that something will happen or is likely to happen; a feeling or belief about how successful, good, etc., someone or something will be. Synonyms are: anticipation, assumption, hope, probability, belief … Continued

Love Notes: “Choosing Our Ancestors”

Thanks to Rev. Scott Tayler for inspiring this reflection. Ancestry is our theme this month, and together we will explore what it means to be a people of ancestry. American writer, Ralph Ellison, says, “Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. … Continued