“Downsizing”

by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Now and then I wonder what it would have been like to be born into a nomadic society, material possessions at a minimum, a way of life constructed so that you could literally carry your home on your back. It’s appealing, especially on those days when I look around my home and ask myself, “Where did all this stuff come from?” Don’t get me wrong. I love my home. It is not particularly large for our area. And I love many of the material things that surround me. I’ve spent my life in houses full of things, and those things have given me much comfort and […]

“Standing with the Cox family to show Black Lives Matter”

by Rev. David A. Miller and Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Slogans, movements and campaigns can often be seen as larger-than-life efforts that take on broad meaning and lead to wide-ranging conversations about big concepts. Although the Black Lives Matter movement is about systemic oppression and “a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise,” at its heart it is about the inherent worth and value of each and every Black human being. The Black Lives Matter movement has been in the news, has affected presidential politics and has prompted intense national discussion. What we can’t forget is that each one of these attempts to galvanize around these larger […]

“Take me to church”

by Susan Bennett, Lay Minister for Worship & Arts. After nearly 25 years as a Unitarian Universalist, four home congregations and many visits to neighboring congregations, I estimate I’ve attended more than a thousand worship services. That’s a lot of good words! So I guess it’s not surprising that lately I’ve been asking myself, “Why do I continue to get up every Sunday morning and come to church?” I could sleep in or take a walk in the woods. My children are grown so I don’t have to bring them to RE. As the lay minister for worship & arts, I guess folks might notice if I didn’t come to […]

Property stewardship thank you

(Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent from UUCF’s Lay Minister for Property Stewardship Suzy Foster to Liam Foley and Boy Scout Troop #1539 for building an enclosure to protect the white oak in our parking lot.) On behalf of UUCF’s Property Stewardship Council, I offer our heartfelt thanks for your leadership of Troop #1539 in building an enclosure around the beautiful white oak tree that shades our parking lot. Your organizational skills in designing the project, assembling the materials and steering the troops were impressive. In your presentation to the Property Stewardship Council, you showed an excellent grasp of the cost of materials and how to purchase them and […]

“The call for justice, love and support”

by Rev. David A. Miller. Often we look at the landscape of needs in the world and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Unitarian Universalists find themselves drawn in many directions, fueled by individual passion and desire to ease suffering and support justice. As we travel our path together, as times and events dictate, various issues can rise to the surface based on what is happening in the world. With that said, it appears as if the issue of gun violence is with us and will unfortunately be around for some time to come. Other issues that UUCF members and friends work on include hunger and affordable housing, environmental sustainability […]

“Fostering our highest ideals”

“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something. … My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can, with whatever I have to try to make a difference.” – Jimmy Carter Life is finite. We give all that we have to something. The reason we give – whether of our time, our talents or our treasure – is to foster our highest ideals and aspirations. Done well, we use our gifts to transform ourselves, our community and our world. Giving can be a deeply spiritual practice. With this in mind, the UUCF Board […]

“The other 166.5 hours”

by Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson. “The only thing we have to offer another human being ever is our own state of being.” – Ram Dass in “The Only Dance There Is” As parents, we bring our children to Religious Exploration (RE) classes on Sunday mornings to ensure they explore our Seven Principles, Unitarian Universalist identity, ethics, faith development, spiritual lives and the Six Sources of our living tradition. Wow, all that in 90 minutes a week! How are we guiding our children during the other 166.5 hours a week? Some of us have daily family rituals. We light a chalice before every meal while others share gratitude or […]