The Evolving Definition of Partnership

by Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson. In summer RE, we will be exploring what it means to be a partner, with guidance from the UU Partner Church Council, whose board chair is UUCF’s Dick Van Duizend. We will be learning what it means to partner in today’s global world. No longer are we called to send donations and call it done. No longer is our role to fix. Our role with our partner churches is to come together, to appreciate our shared UU heritage and to learn about each other. This is partnership. One of the panelists in the UU-United Nations Office’s 2016 spring seminar shared that the best […]

Gratitude for a community of caring

by Kelly Schlageter, Lay Minister for Caring and Wellness. In July 2013, I became Lay Minister for Caring and Wellness. I was looking for a way to serve, to learn about the more practical aspects of operating a campus our size and, most importantly, to get more connected and to know more of you. I couldn’t have known at the time that we were about to embark on a period of significant transition. First, Director of Music & Arts Mark Vogel announced he and his family were moving. Then, Parish Minister Mary Katherine Morn announced she was leaving UUCF to take a position at the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston. […]

Funding the Innovation that grows Unitarian Universalism

by Michael Liggett, Janet Cushing and Rev. David Miller, Innovation Fund Committee. “My favorite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.”  – Mario Testino It is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of the UUCF Stan Richards Innovation Fund. This fund, established through a bequest from long-term UUCF member Stan Richards, grants funding for highly innovative seed projects that expand UUCF’s outreach to persons not now engaged. The goal is that those touched will become engaged with UU values, principles and connections, ultimately contributing to sustaining the initiative longer term […]

Progress update on board goals

As new members have been nominated for next year’s UUCF Board of Directors, we are looking back at accomplishments for the 2015-16 term. It has been a busy year, in an exciting time of new possibilities, and we are grateful for the opportunities to serve this congregation. Board of Directors 2015-16 priorities – approved Nov. 3, 2015 Goal 1: In collaboration with the UUCF Coordinating Team (CT), develop strategies to identify, build support for and implement one or more bold initiatives that demonstrate and practice UU values in new ways beyond the UUCF campus and increase our impact as agents of positive change (lead team members – Nigel Astell, Judy […]

The Spiritual Practice of Right Relationship

by Rev. David A. Miller. Apr. 24, 2016. There I was, in a room full of ministers, at a retreat were the focus of the retreat was on spiritual practice and I was feeling terrible about myself. As a minister am I not supposed to keep up a journal, or meditate, or take a weekly walk in a labyrinth, or even pray a couple of times a day on a regular basis? As we went deeper into conversation, at some point I spoke up and said, “I am not sure that I have a spiritual practice, I feel like I am supposed to meditate and I don’t.” The room was […]

The Colors of Inequality: Costs and Consequences!

by Linnea Nelson, Director of Religious Exploration. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) intergenerational spring seminar is held annually in New York City, and each year focuses on a key global issue. The last time UUCF attended as a youth group we learned about LGBTQ issues around the world. Last month’s seminar, attended by seven high school youth and three chaperones, including me, featured four distinguished panels of four experts each (yes, 16 learned and passionate experts!) focusing on the costs of inequality. The panels drew from Ph.D. researchers and professors, social activists, UU-UNO staff, a Peace Corps volunteer and social justice poets and dramatists. Every speaker or panelist shared a passion […]