Ode to the Kaleidoscope

Oct. 31, 2016. by Cheryl Sadowski, Lay Minister for Adult Spiritual Development. Do you remember the joy of kaleidoscopes? – the long tubes pointing to a tapestry of light and color that organizes and reorganizes itself into a new picture with each twist of your hand? When you twist a kaleidoscope all the way around, you occasionally return to the very image at which you began, though really it isn’t quite the same. After all, prisms reflect and channel light, and light changes from one moment to the next. My own spiritual experience feels much like a kaleidoscope, having wound my way from a ritualized, cultural Catholic upbringing through threads […]

Steve Gold

Congregational Treasure. Oct. 31, 2016. Steve Gold has been a quietly active member of UUCF for more than 25 years. He has served in visible leadership roles such as the Endowment Committee (twice!) and on the Board of Directors, including a year as president. He has also served the congregation in many unseen but vitally important ways. He has advised the congregation on legal issues and provided legal assistance to numerous individual UUCF members. He volunteers as a pro bono lawyer for seniors requiring estate-planning documents. With his wife, Wini Atlas, he has served the congregation for many years as parliamentarian at our Annual Meetings. Steve has also contributed to […]

Systemic Racism

by Intern Minister McKinley Sims. I didn’t know I was racist. That was the big revelation. The piano falling on my head. Notice, I didn’t say that I didn’t know I was a racist. It’s not a noun, where I was a guy yelling slurs and making crude jokes and refusing to serve black and brown people. Plenty of people in my family have done that, I’m sure, along with people I grew up with, but I was different. I was an enlightened, liberal, voter for Kinky Friedman and Barack Obama! No way was I a racist! I have black friends, and I want to be a minister, and I […]

Helping Bend the Arc of the Universe Toward Justice

by Lay Minister for Social Justice Wini Atlas. Unitarian Universalists have worked to bend the arc of the universe toward justice throughout our history. In 1850, transcendentalist Unitarian minister Theodore Parker, a noted abolitionist, wrote: “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.” When Parker wrote those words, the Unitarians and the Universalists were immersed in the abolition of slavery. One strategy our faith uses […]

Trauma and Healing

by Associate Minister Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Last week our country learned, in graphic detail, that one of our national presidential candidates has boasted of his habits of sexually forcing himself on women. In the wake of the news, our ministry team had a heartfelt conversation sharing our reactions to the tape. We shared our anger and revulsion not just toward this particular revelation, but toward the broader culture of sexual violence that surrounds us all and shapes our lives. Emerging from that conversation, I feel called to say something I hope is obvious, but still needs saying: Your ministers care about each one of you and the impact that violence […]

Giving Ourselves Over to the Power of Music and Art

by Laura Weiss. We have all experienced some type of music and art that moved us; that external and cathartic experience that can change us for a lifetime. It transforms us, calms us, reminds us, captivates our soul. Our body chemistry actually changes. Our emotions well up. We feel the ecstasy of loss of control, of handing ourselves over. To the music and the poetry. To the experience. And, we give it the profound permission to change us. What an almost childlike thing to do; a courageous and completely natural thing to give ourselves over to the power of music and art. But, we’re grown-ups right? Why do we let […]