Connecting to Our Souls and Letting the River of Joy Come Forth

Nov. 27, 2017. By Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. Rumi says, “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” Overlooking the possible debate on the meaning of the word soul, just for the purposes of this blog, let’s say the soul is the deepest place of connection in you to your absolute best and most-grounded self. Can you imagine what it would be like to be connected to your most loving, most forgiving, most open and most compassionate self? Can you envision what joy there would be in the world if we all came from a deep connection to the soul, […]

A Life of Continuous, Small Improvements

by Assistant Minister Sarah Caine. While trying to fight off an illness that had me coughing, tired and without much use of my vocal cords, I found myself watching that comforting cooking show “The Great British Bake Off” (called “The Great British Baking Show” in the U.S.). Rewatching episodes that had seen me through recovery after a surgery on my foot, something new caught my attention this time around. Finalist Kimberley Wilson, during an earlier episode, mentions the Japanese word “kaizen” and explains it as “continuous small improvements,” saying that you can always be just a little bit better. This is an oversimplification of the concept, but it’s not too […]

A faith that transforms in many different cultures

by Dick Van Duizend, UUCF Partner Church Circle. Imagine you are many time zones from home and way out of your comfort zone. You are in a poor farming village; most people only speak a language you do not know. You walk into an 800-year-old whitewashed stone church on a hill with a tall silver steeple or into a simple painted cement church with a flaming chalice on the roof peak. And you are immediately embraced and made welcome. You stay for the service sitting on a dark wooden pew or bench and although the words and liturgy are unfamiliar, you realize as you listen to the translation that the […]

David Bliss

Congregational Treasure. Nov. 6, 2017. Written by Youth Ministry Coordinator Courtney Firth. David is a master of duct tape and uses it for games and more. He shares his time with youth in class, through music and at monthly Youth Adult Committee meetings. He shares his award-winning chili with youth at events and even talks about his secret ingredient. He brought his sweet therapy dog Johnny to class to the absolute delight of everyone. He introduced the youth to stroopwafels and seems to brings head-sized donuts wherever he goes. He is a wonderful listener and has gained the respect, admiration and love of the youth and adults he works with. […]

Me Too. And Me. And Me.

by Rev. David A. Miller, Sarah Caine and Pippin Whitaker. More than 10 years ago, the Me Too campaign began with African American activist Tarana Burke. The recent wave of “Me too” posts on Facebook and Twitter were fueled by high-profile sexual harassment and assault cases starting with last year’s release of the “Access Hollywood” tape. All of these revelations reinforce how powerful men can get away with claiming the bodies of women as objects. The heartbreak, exhaustion, re-living of trauma and anger that accompanies any news of yet more violence disguised as sexuality is all too familiar. This violence is not distant from any of our lives. Although abuse […]