The Gift of Invitation

Recently I watched the documentary “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.” It’s the story of Unitarian minister Rev. Waitstill Sharp and his wife, Martha Sharp, who travel to Czechoslovakia in 1938 to help Jewish refugees, including children, and political dissidents escape from Nazi Germany. To be sure, this is a dramatic story grounded in Unitarian … Continued

Toward Wholeness

This month our Soul Matters theme is “Healing” which Rev. Fred Recklau, in Partners In Care: Medicine and Ministry Together, distinguishes from a cure this way: Cure vs. Healing Cure may occur without healing; healing may occur without cure. Cure alters what is; healing offers what might be. Cure is an act; healing is a … Continued

The Web of Life

“It’s like a spider web!” They announced with pride. And they were right. The overlapping, zig-zag pattern of cris-crossing yarn threads we had created on the table we sat around looked just like a spider web. (Minus one of those fear-inducing arachnids.) This was a typical Sunday lesson. One in which we focused on our … Continued

What Are You Seeking?

Do you make September resolutions? As September approaches, I gear up to return to routine.  But what routine? I want routines that help me live into what I value. I’ve spent the last weeks watching the Olympics and can easily drift to watching endless reruns of Law and Order or Friends.  This is not the … Continued

A letter from Jamie and Gregg – The Greg Taylor Project

A letter from Jamie Huss and Gregg Jamback – Producers, The Greg Taylor Project We had a wonderful time on Father’s Day weekend with our fellow UUs at the UUFE. We hope you enjoyed hearing our thoughts about the causes of wrongful convictions and the reforms that North Carolina has put in place. Many thanks to all for the warm … Continued

UUFE’s Common Read for Summer 2016:  Healing the Heart of Democracy

This summer our common read (a book selected for shared reading) is: Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit by Parker J. Palmer. (2011). We will have a shared conversation about the book at our service on Sunday, August 21, and will create additional opportunities for … Continued

Is Your Schedule “Just Right”?

How full do you like your calendar to be? What’s your preferred balance of “need-to-be-somewhere” and free, flexible time? In the story of The Three Bears we hear of porridge that is “too hot”…”too cold” and “just right.”  What’s your “just right” as you look to scheduling the next weeks and months ahead? When we … Continued

Leveraging Our Blessings

Our theme this month is Blessing. In the Soul Matters packet I received on the theme, this quote caught my eye: We each have the choice in any setting to step back and let go of the mind-set of scarcity. Once we let go of scarcity, we discover the surprising truth of sufficiency. By sufficiency, … Continued

Our Field Trip to Lewes

Can you recall a field trip in your life? Even if you haven’t been in school for a while, my guess is you remember at least one. I’ve asked friends about past field trips. One recalled going to a farm and seeing a cow with a glass stomach, and another remembered a trip to Betsy … Continued

Why We “Do” Church

In the flurry of our day-to-day lives, we often feel rushed. We wonder if we can do enough, and if we can do whatever we need to do well enough. Other times we feel alone and long to share our experiences with another. Still other times, the challenges of the greater world leap to the … Continued