Linda Rothbart

Congregational Treasure. Jan. 30, 2017. Linda Rothbart and her husband, Dan, have been members of UUCF for more than 20 years. Linda served on the congregation’s Board of Directors from 2011-15 and as a member of the Growth Think Tank in 2012. She has taught Religious Exploration classes for 6 years. More recently, she has been involved in continuing adult education, leading the popular World Religions class, which has run for 4 consecutive years and introduced dozens of people to Eastern and Western religious traditions through texts, group discussion, guest speakers and field trips to various houses of worship. She has also been instrumental in developing an online version of […]

What Is Each of Our Roles in This Extraordinary Time?

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. As we all try to navigate the road ahead, we will continue to have different opinions and feelings about the best course of action. As we process our feelings and thoughts, as I have said before, it is totally understandable that we will need different things at different times and be faced with decisions about our level of involvement. Involvement can challenge our comfort and lead us each to existential questions of deep meaning. For me in this past week, those questions are about risk and sacrifice. What am I willing to lay down for my fellow humans? What level of discomfort can […]

Striving for Excellence and Breaking Down Barriers

by Intern Minister McKinley Sims. I’ve been doing some genealogical research this month. It wasn’t my first choice of how to spend my free time, but my mother, the inimitable Frankie B., put me onto it because she’s been having scary dreams about the future of our country. She claims that her great-grandmother, my great-great-grandmother, is encouraging her to “stay away from that place” and “return home.” We wondered if this is some kind of prophecy. We didn’t know exactly what her name was, but we were pretty sure about relationship: She came across the Atlantic from Pontypool, Wales, in 1870, before settling in the Texas Panhandle. Her fourth son […]

Extremists for Love

by Associate Minister Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Friends, yesterday would have been Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, 88th birthday. He was taken from us too soon – nearly 50 years ago now. It breaks my heart to think of what might have been, the leadership he might have offered us even today, had things been different. But still, his message echoes. Each year on this day, I observe MLK Day by re-reading his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” It echoes in my mind and heart, this powerful call to white people of faith to throw off their passivity and complacency and join in the struggle for racial justice. As with so many […]

Practice Makes “Better”

by Director of Music & Arts Laura Weiss. I am 7 years old and I can hear my mother in the kitchen. She is chopping vegetables for, no doubt, one of her delicious soups and I can smell the aroma waft into the living room. The smell is the only thing that brings me into the present. Otherwise, I am swept away into the delicious and grueling world of dedicated practice. I am inside of the music at the piano. Then the inevitable happens as it does most days: I hit a wrong note. “Woah! That’s wrong!” she says, continuing her chopping. I felt enormous pressure to perform well when […]

From Loss to Hope

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. As we turn the page on the year and look forward to the year to come, I again can’t help but think about what it was like for my parents when the icons of their lives started passing on – Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and so many others – these icons whose artistic gifts I gratefully had the privilege of experiencing in my younger years and continue to enjoy and appreciate. Now, the older I get, I understand that when the people who have helped us benchmark our lives die, we grieve on a variety of levels. These deaths are at times both […]