Monthly Archives: May 2015

Being Fostered – The Service

by Jane Pfeiffer, Service Leader   Every now and then I fantasize about the headline for my obituary.  (Do I want to be lauded as a) public servant, a humorist, a great persuader?  Nope.  I want it to say: good friend. But I didn’t become a good friend until my mid-thirties, until I was befriended … Continued

Learn Your Lessons Well

by Travis Mamone [ Part of the Sunday Service led by Janet Pfeffer: People Who Changed Our Lives For the Better ] It’s hard for me to pick just one teacher who taught me the most important lessons in my life. Throughout my life, I have been an information sponge absorbing lessons both big and small. Some … Continued

Being Fostered

by Fiona Foster [ Part of the Sunday Service led by Janet Pfeffer: People Who Changed Our Lives For the Better ]   There were and are endless ways to be fostered by David Foster. A lot of them involved pen on paper. By his words you shall know him, and by others’ words telling how they … Continued

My Mentor – Dr. Karl Frank

by Ed Schmidt [ Part of the Sunday Service led by Janet Pfeffer: People Who Changed Our Lives For the Better ] First, let me provide a little personal background I received my undergraduate training in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. The following year I obtained my Masters degree from Purdue University in Control Systems Engineering. After … Continued

To Laugh Often

I recently came across an unattributed quote: “ child laughs 400 times a day. The average adult: 18.” I have no idea of the source of this research, but it does make me wonder, does it need to be that way? For children much of life is a fresh surprise. Play isn’t something a child … Continued

Finding Meaning in the Many Ways We Serve

Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton   The NY Times recently published several top college application essays, selecting from essays students wrote this year that were somehow related to money, work and social class.[1] Here is an excerpt from one of the essays by a student from Chicago, Martina Piñeiros: In Ecuador, my … Continued

Our Character Strengths & Our Beloved Community

By Gayle Scroggs, Ph.D., P.C.C.   [See below for the illustration and notes that accompany this sermon.]   This morning I’d like to make the case that strengths of character build our faith community . . . and in turn our faith community builds character strengths.   Let me begin with a story about Hosea … Continued

Helpful Memory Mnemonic for the Eight Fold Path

 If you’re anything like me, you have a hard time remembering what the Buddha’s Eight-fold path consists of. So here’s a helpful mnemonic device I found.   Until                Understanding Thoughts       Thoughts Stop                Speech Acting             Actions Like                 Livelihood Excited           Effort Monkeys –    Mindfulness Confusion!   Concentration   Normally, these are listed as “Right Understanding” etc. but I always had trouble with that as “right” … Continued

Building Cultural Bridges

Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton     My first semester in college I found myself in a class called Anthropology. I was only in the class because Psychology and Sociology were full and I heard Anthropology was similar. I loved this course on and about culture. Cultural Anthropology is defined as “the … Continued