“Leaning in to learning and teaching”

by Lydia Lewis. Life for me has been permeated by the yin-yang flow of teaching and learning; learning and teaching. Not just in the formal professional sense – my professional career has spanned teaching first grade through running national teacher leadership training programs. But at the core of why I love this work is the light-filled vessel of transformational possibilities. For in truth, the real power in teaching is to be a learner with the student. When the student knows the teacher is fully present in the struggle to learn, without judgment, there is the possibility that old barriers and blocks will drop and new spiritual/academic growth will be gained. […]

“Shifting expectations in the season of Advent”

by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Ow! I woke up the other day with an unexpected pain in my foot. I’d been to see a podiatrist and received a cortisone shot the day before to deal with some minor-but-persistent chronic pain. I’d been thrilled that the cortisone shot was a good option for me. I’d had a cortisone shot once before, 10 years ago, when I had a bad case of plantar fasciitis, and I remember it worked like magic. After months of pain and struggling, I had felt instantly better and the problem never returned. And so, this time around, I was expecting total and instant relief. Instead, the pain in […]

“Creating community this holiday season”

by Interim Music Coordinator Sarah Jebian. For as long as memory serves, movies have played a major role in my family’s holiday tradition. When I was very young, I remember watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” with my siblings. We’d squish ourselves onto the couch in our basement, the white, artificial Christmas tree glowing in the corner and journey through the story of George Bailey’s wonderful life. Even today, I ring the little bell ornament on my own tree and imagine some angel getting his or her wings. In my early teens, the holidays didn’t officially begin until we’d all watched “A Christmas Story.” Who can forget that awful lamp and […]

“Radical engagement and extraordinary invitation”

by Rev. David A. Miller. I have been watching the reaction to Donald Trump in the media and on Facebook and was thinking whether there was anything I could say that hasn’t already been said. There have been all kinds of responses from horror to anger and everything in between. I have to say that I am not surprised and I am deeply saddened. I am sad that we have come to another dark time in the history of this country. I keep hoping these dark periods won’t keep happening, and yet they do. I try to stay mindful of history. Reflecting on McCarthyism, President Harry S. Truman said, “[we […]

“Thank you for everything you do”

Behind the governance and oversight duties of the board is a deep, spiritual, human purpose to what we do. For many of us, what happens at UUCF (and what happens because of UUCF) is at the top of our list of joys. Our UUCF extended family is a real source of happiness, inspiration and comfort. This special connection with a group of kindred spirits we adore feels most vibrant at this time of year. So it is with a special feeling of gratitude that we say thank you for everything you do here (and out there). If you are feeling stress this holiday season, if you are in need of […]

“Holding them close”

by Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson. “Just hold your children close tonight and tell them that your love is one thing they can count on.” I wrote this on my #uufamilyblessing daily Twitter feed after the last mass shooting. As we try to reconcile the hatred in this world with the loving families we are trying so hard to create, sometimes we just need to stop whatever we are doing to hold the ones we love. Here at UUCF, we have come to hold one another during these challenging times – acting as an extended family, welcoming all ages. Each conversation you have with a child or youth at […]