In 2018 Let’s Make New Mistakes

How about this as a mantra for 2018: Make new mistakes. I think it’s wise advice. And I think it’s terrifying advice. The mantra is inspired by Neil Gaiman who says,   “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying … Continued

Life in Layers 

Recently I’ve been struck by the number of opportunities at UUFE to explore issues and ideas in greater depth. From the new Adult Enrichment classes (thank you, Gayle Scroggs and others), to the “Intro to UU” class (thank you, Carol Meredith and others), to the Parent Forum Series (thank you, Lauren Harton and others), there are many chances … Continued

Pondering Courage

Our theme for the month is ‘Courage.’ Courage is often highlighted in middle school adventure books where young teens away from home finds themselves stranded in the wilderness and this yet-to-be-hero teen needs to take bold actions to return to safety. Survival in these dramatic moments depends on the young adventurer’s calm under pressure, creative … Continued

Final Fellowship and a New Stole!

On June 18 the congregation surprised me (yes, I was surprised!) with kind words and celebration in honor of my completing of the requirements for ‘Final Fellowship’ – the last step in the Unitarian Universalist’s national ministerial credentialing process. It’s fitting that the congregation and I celebrated together. Since 2013, when UUFE hired a just-out-of-seminary … Continued

You’re Not Alone

This week I offered the message at Easton High School’s Baccalaureate Service. The class had selected ‘Persistence’ as the theme for the service. I talked about inner determination – the “I can do this” focus of energy. I also wanted the students to hear that persistence is more than learning to plow through challenges alone. … Continued

The Seesaws of Life

Recently I found this poem by Sarah Kays – The Paradox: When I am inside writing, all I can think about is how I should be outside living. When I am outside living, all I can do is notice all there is to write about. When I read about love, I think I should be … Continued

Invitation to important conversation – April 22, 2017, 10 – 11:30 a.m. at UUFE

Invitation to important conversation about UUA Leadership – April 22, 2017, 10 – 11:30 a.m. at UUFE Dear UUFE Members and Friends, As you may have heard, Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), resigned on March 30. Yesterday the UUA Board of Trustees appointed the Rev. Sofia Betancourt, the Rev. William … Continued

Hatch and Hatch Again

Do you ever think, “If I could just get things in my life in order, then I’d be ready to do all those things I want to do?” If only. One of the greatest paradoxes in life is our striving for order. We want to get through our lists in order to, well, to get … Continued

Feeling Squirmy?

This is stewardship month at UUFE. It’s the month when we talk about money. No way to sugarcoat it. And for some folks just talking about sharing money gets them squirmy. Not a spiritual topic, some say. Yet generosity and sharing are at the heart of Unitarian Universalist values. Stewardship is defined as “managing something … Continued

Beneath All of My Doing, Who Am I Being?

This past Sunday the sanctuary felt full. In part, it was that many were there, many wearing red in the spirit of the season. It felt full as Eamon Peach (6th grader!) accompanied Spirit of Life, and the choir sang. It felt full when Leigh Marquess and RE students showed the blanket they made for … Continued