Annual High School-led services
Date: Sun., May 1, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary. Leader: High School Youth. Music: All UUCF choirs, Houseband and Mosaic Harmony. Religious Exploration: RE classes are in session for age 2 through Grade 5. Ages 2-5 begin in class. Grades 2-4 and 6 begin in the Sanctuary for High School service. Grade 6 students will remain in the Sanctuary for the duration of the service. Middle School and High School classes attend the service. Bridging ceremony for High School seniors at 11:15 a.m. service. Grades 1 and 5 go to OWL classes.
Date: Sun., May 8, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary. Leader: Rev. David Miller. Music: Chorale. Religious Exploration: RE classes are in session for age 2 through Grade 12. Grades 2-4 and 6 begin in the Sanctuary for Together Time. All others begin in class.
Reflections on Possibilities
by Rev. David A. Miller. One year ago tomorrow, UUCF voted to call me as your senior minister. I remember that day well, waiting in the office and then having Nigel Astell come to inform us of the vote. It was a glorious day, and it has been an amazing year. The beginning of any ministry is pregnant with possibilities. In fact, it is all possibilities, because we haven’t spent time together in day-to-day life. Once we start to work with each other, just like in any relationship, there are moments of joy and sorrow, frustration and compromise, vulnerability and exploration and everything else that comes with life. We travel a path that won’t always be easy but is still filled with so much possibility. I have to say, now that we have spent almost a year together, I am even more excited about the possibilities than I was on that wonderful day. This week is my installation as your senior minister. It is an important moment in congregational life. It is a symbol of the covenant that we will share together to do the work of love and justice in the world. Yesterday, I talked about how to do that in right relationship. I posed 18 questions for us to reflect on. I received some requests to post them on the website, so I will include them at the end of this blog. These reflections can be a guiding light for us as we move forward together in this covenantal partnership. They can also help us as we turn our gaze, actions and activities out into the community to create circles of love, compassion, kindness and justice. I am so very thrilled to be your senior minister. I am so grateful for this partnership and am looking forward to many years deepening our connection. Thank you for the kindness you have shown Alice and me this first year. Thank you for being so welcoming. Thank you for your good work in the congregation and the world. Thank you for caring so deeply about the flourishing of life. Much love, Rev. David Rev. David’s Reflections on Right Relationship Am I assuming the good intentions of the other? Am I communicating directly with the person with whom I am having an issue? Am I resolving issues or am I spreading them through gossip, anger and/or frustration? Am I reflecting on what personal wounds, issues and tendencies of mine are contributing to the issue? Am I willing to be an active participant and to work in good faith to clear up issues? Am I projecting on to someone else through my own framework what they are thinking or doing versus engaging them and asking them to share their thoughts and story? Am I actually trying to live the principles and values of Unitarian Universalism by acting with compassion, respect and a high value of our interdependence? Am I actively listening to what others are saying and not formulating a response or the next comment or question while they are talking? Can I let go of my need to control the situation? Can I graciously leave space for others by letting someone else speak first or by not speaking my mind if the point has been raised or made already? Can I help lift up the life of another or the group in my words and actions? Can I have disagreements with an individual or group, do so in love and respect and continue to stay in community? Can I take into account the importance of the task in relation to the importance of the relationship? Can I reflect on how my attitude and actions contribute to the tone of our community? Am I willing not to have to be right? Am I being the change I wish to see in the world and really acting the way I would like others to act? Am I willing to be changed? And finally, can I remember to ask the question, “What is the most loving thing I can do or say right now?”Read More >>>
More than 40 applications received
posted Mar. 23, 2016. As you may know by now, the search committee has placed advertisements for our new Director of Music and Arts. So far, the committee has received more than 40 applications, many of whom are eminently qualified. The committee is examining the applicants’ submitted materials and by Apr. 15 we plan to begin conducting Skype interviews. Best regards, Bill Ades, Kat Bindbeutel, Raoul Drapeau, Meg Harrelson, Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig, Jennifer McLaughlin, Rev. David Miller, Laurel Ohlson and Karen WolfRead More >>>