The Spirituality and Curiosity of Meeting People

by John Kun, Lay Minister for Membership and Outreach. I was recently driving my spiffy, red Ford Focus from Edinboro, PA, along bucolic Interstate 79, heading back to Virginia after a long weekend with my wife, Paula, when she selected a Marc Maron podcast for our listening pleasure. These revelatory interviews with iconic personalities, conducted from Maron’s garage (!), are well-known. They typically run 75-90 minutes and offer a diversion while making a long, 6-hour road trip seem much shorter. This time, Paula chose a Maron interview with Brian Grazer, with whom I was unfamiliar. Grazer, author of “A Curious Mind,” is one of the most successful film producers in Hollywood. […]

Leaving UUCF Better Than We Found It

by John Cunningham, Coordinating Team Lay Member. Hi everyone. I’m finishing up 4 years of service on the UUCF Coordinating Team (CT), and I’d like to tell you a bit about that. One ethic of camping is “leave it better than you found it.” Of course you should haul your own trash out when you leave, but if people who were there before you left trash behind, haul that out too. If the fire ring needs to be rebuilt, do that. If tree branches have fallen down into the tent area, toss them back into the brush. I like to think of service on the CT in a similar vein. […]

We Pause for Grief. We Connect for Courage.

by Rev. David A. Miller. I am sick of vigils. I have had enough of watching President Obama address the nation after the latest mass shooting, which he has done 15 times during his 7+ years as president. I find the familiar pattern of some politicians offering their thoughts and prayers while not standing up to the gun lobby and not supporting the spread of love, justice and equality in the world exasperating. To quote a colleague Rev. Margaret Weis, “If you are going to say things like, ‘Pray for Orlando,’ but you attend a church where the GLBTQIA community is not 100% welcomed, think about that for a minute. […]

Rebecca Lieser

Congregational Treasure. Jun. 6, 2016. The Property Stewardship Council recognizes Rebecca Lieser as a Congregational Treasure for her work over many years to make the shared UUCF campus a beautiful environment that supports our community in all kinds of gatherings and celebrations from solitary to community, contemplative to joyful. Most recently, Rebecca has taken the lead in developing a vision and an overall master plan to use Reach Campaign funds to provide a variety of gathering areas within the core of the campus. You have probably noticed the new seating that has popped up on the deck, through the wooded areas and outside the Library. Over the last year, Rebecca […]

Just Listen

by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world. – Lao-Tzu Two years ago I traveled to the Kanuga retreat center in North Carolina for my first spiritual direction training intensive at the Haden Institute. There, I met my small group for the first time – a peer group of trainees who would go through the training together. At our first meeting, I […]