President’s Message

Strategic Board – Continued

In October, I wrote that I would be attending the “Strategic Board” workshop led by Rev. David Pyle at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, Maryland. I wrote “stay tuned” for the outcome of that experience for me. So here you go, albeit belatedly. A large portion of the day was focused on the … Continued

UUFE Leadership Retreat 2017

As I write this, I am anticipating The Leadership Retreat which awaits me and about 20 other members on Saturday, (October 21) at Third Haven Friends Meeting.  Rev. Ginger Luke (who preached our sermon on October 15 on Humanism) our facilitator, Rev. Sue and I have spent time together discerning what topics and activities will engage … Continued

We commit ourselves to each other

When we gather the spirit on Sunday mornings and beyond, we commit ourselves to each other, to our spiritual community, and to our mission that reaches far beyond our walls. We educate our young to instill knowledge and values that help to spread our message of inclusiveness and responsibility for our greater world. We are … Continued

Fulfillment in UUFE Leadership

By Emily Cranwell In the service that I gave on January 31st, I was asked to reflect on how leadership can be spiritually fulfilling. In a time when Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (N&LDC) is seeking volunteers to step into leadership roles, I want to ask others to reflect on what opportunities they have found … Continued

Making the Connection

On Sunday, January 11, a few members met to discuss Making the Connection and how we can help congregants feel a sense of belonging. We focused on questions such as: How do we match new volunteers to opportunities that excite them and connect them to UUFE? How do we ask and say thank you, so … Continued

Becoming a More Nimble, Experimental, and Personal UUFE

A UU liFE interview with UUFE Board President, Emily Cranwell Our March 2015 UUFE IdeaFest generated lots of great ideas for UUFE’s future which were eventually written into our Strategic Plan.  Now we read in the UU CERG (UU region) blog that church strategic plans are dead ends that will only lead us to “close our … Continued

Just Beginning

Just Beginning If you’ve been following my newsletter articles (or even better, following my articles on the blog) you may remember that one of our Board’s goals over the coming year is to take a closer look at our congregation’s systems and structures. We want to be sure that we are using our resources, especially … Continued

Our Board’s Input

This September we were excited to renew Rev. Sue’s contract. One of the big decisions our Board has made regarding her next year with us has to do with how she spends her time as a half-time minister. While we trust that leading half of our Sunday services and care of our congregants will continue … Continued

The Excitement of Possibility

Looking ahead at the coming year, I’m filled with the excitement of possibility. The Board had an orientation in July where we got to better know one another and got to better understand our job serving UUFE. We spent much of that time defining our main goals for the year ahead. First, the Board intends … Continued

Rest is Not Idleness

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”     John Lubbock Summer is upon us and I sometimes have to work to relax. It … Continued