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

Wearing a Safety Pin

Recently you may have noticed I’m wearing a safety pin on my coat. It’s pinned below my gold ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ button. This safety pin is a visible sign to those who are the most vulnerable in our society that I am an ally. It is a signal that I will intervene … Continued

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