The Warmth of Community

Dec. 26, 2016. by Lay Minister for Caring & Wellness Linda Zack. “It is in community that we come to see God in the other. It is in community that we see our own emptiness filled up. It is community that calls me beyond the pinched horizons of my own life, my own country, my own race, and gives me the gifts I do not have within me.” – Joan D. Chittister When I first visited UUCF in January 2010, I was with my husband and son, and my sister, and we were looking for a faith community that made sense to us. We loved the inspiring words, the beautiful […]

What Can Our UU Congregation Take Away From the Christian Season of Advent?

by Intern Minister McKinley Sims. Advent reminds me of a high school basketball tournament back home. I can still feel the excitement in the air. I can smell the expectation. I can taste the adrenaline-fueled energy of the inside of the basketball stadium as the electric heat amplified by each and every member of the 30,000+ people jammed into a single building. I’m sitting next to my brother, and we are as close to heaven as you can get. Two boys with nothing on our to-do lists except to watch basketball, talk to girls and eat fried food. We are surrounded by others, each one just as joyous and giddy […]

A World in Your Hand

by Associate Minister Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. “The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” -Henry Miller I held the tiny clementine in my hand. Bright orange skin, with that marvelous scent of citrus zest teasing my nose. Seven of us were in the circle last Monday night, on a quiet evening in the Program Building, gathered for this month’s Soul Matters Open Circle to explore December’s theme of Presence. We began with a simple exercise inspired by the Vietnamese Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh – eating one of the clementines as mindfully as we could, […]

A Season of Loving-Kindness

by Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson. I was holding the hands of a 6-year-old in Chapel recently as we faced each other and recited a simple loving-kindness prayer: “May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you be peaceful.” We then continued “May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I be peaceful.” This was so reassuring and renewed my determination about the importance of taking care of each other as we tackle the problems in this world. If you are familiar with loving-kindness, then you’ll recognize what we did next. We thought of someone we disagreed with or someone with whom we don’t get along. We […]