Intent vs. Impact: Resolutions for a New Year

Jan. 7, 2018. by Rev. David A. Miller. When I first came to Unitarian Universalism, I heard the phrase “assume good intentions.” Assuming good intentions was something that I hadn’t thought much about through my life. I guess I went through the early part of life having grown up in the political shadow of Chicago, and having been around as a youngster in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I didn’t always assume good intentions. You know, “don’t trust anyone over 30,” they used to say. So I didn’t always assume good intentions, but I have always hoped for the best. At this stage of my life, I do try to assume […]

Sexuality Education Is for Our Whole Lives

Jan. 29, 2018. By Interim Director of Religious Exploration Diana Tycer. I remember the first time I heard about the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program offered by UUCF. It was at the Fall Adult Retreat when I was mingling in the dining room after dinner, chatting with a longtime UUCF member. Upon learning that I had an adolescent son, she asked if I was going to enroll him in OWL. My response, no doubt like many new to UUCF, was a blank look and the question, “What’s OWL?” And as I listened to the response, I was both excited and surprised that such a course was offered to […]

Reflecting on the Past to Choose Our Future

Jan. 22, 2018. By Intern Minister Pippin Whitaker. These past few weeks, as I delved into UUCF’s history of racial justice for a class project, I kept hearing a dramatic story retold. A member famously stood up in a worship service and asked why we had done nothing about racial justice in 20 years. This was in the 90s. Listening to more stories of our history and combing through the archives, I began to wonder, is this a pattern? Are we stuck in some historical “repeat” where we take on racial justice work one year and then put it down? You will have to read on to find out. But […]

Calling Attention to the Gulf Between Promise and Fulfillment

Jan. 15, 2018. By Assistant Minister Rev. Sarah Caine. When I took a class called Educating to Counter Oppressions at Starr King [School for the Ministry], I heard about an upcoming campaign made up of poor folks with a mission to teach and advocate for a more humane existence. The whole week of our intensive class, we focused on issues faced by Americans living in poverty – homelessness, discrimination when attempting to get a job, inability to save money because every penny is needed in the present moment, difficulty feeding the children who may have been born before the incident that created poverty or born into poverty. I had started […]

‘A Legacy of Capability and Caring’

Jan. 8, 2018. By Rev. David A. Miller. Next week, Rich Sider, our director of administration, will retire to new things after 9 years with UUCF. Our gratitude for Rich’s administrative and general leadership through many years – transitions, joys and challenges – runs incredibly deep. His efforts have gone way beyond his job description to a level of deep caring for the people of UUCF, present and future. He leaves a legacy of capability and caring that will remain in our congregational systems for many years. We are also grateful to Rich’s family who supported his traveling back and forth to Harrisonburg for so many years. We wish Rich […]