All In

Mar. 26, 2018. By Leadership Development Team Chair Craig Bennett. This year we’ve heard a different congregant share their story each Sunday – a brief expression of their experience at UUCF, maybe what brought them here, what kept them here, what motivates or inspires them. These members are, as Ian Hochberg said, “all in” with their commitment to this community, and they’ve shared their stories as an expression of gratitude. Often these stories relate how a member became involved in some aspect of UUCF and ended up receiving something much greater than what they originally expected from investing their time and effort. I’ve stopped being surprised at how rewarding these […]

Living Our Third Principle Through Worship

Mar. 19, 2018. By your UUCF worship leaders*. As we have traveled through the worship experience since last September, the Worship Team has considered the unprecedented and unique challenges facing our country, Unitarian Universalism and UUCF. We have experimented with modifications to worship with the hope of creating an experience that would be more inclusive, welcoming and spiritually nourishing to a wildly divergent group of members, friends and newcomers. This included differences in tone and music between the 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services. We solicited and received copious amounts of feedback about all aspects of worship including music, tone, interactive elements and Religious Exploration scheduling. Some of you were incredibly […]

Taking a Break From “Doing” to Focus on “Being”

Mar. 12, 2018. By Assistant Minister Rev. Sarah Caine. My first blog as Rev. Sarah Caine! It’s still sinking in that I have made it to this honorific. Thank you all for making it possible. The power to grant this title rests with the congregation, and you inspire and humble me with your votes of confidence. I hope I serve you and this calling well. Part of the training to become a UU minister is doing at least one unit of clinical pastoral education (CPE). This means 3 months usually working in a hospital (there are some programs in hospice or working with marginalized communities) as a chaplain. There is […]

Two “Gifted and Committed” UUCF Staff Members Stay on for the Next Year

Mar. 5, 2018. By Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. In discussion with the leadership of the congregation, a decision was reached to extend an offer to both Diana Tycer and Rev. Sarah Caine to stay on staff for at least one more year in their roles as interim director of religious exploration (DRE) and assistant minister, respectively. Both are doing an excellent job and it was concluded that with the various transitions in the congregation, this would give us some time to breathe, appreciate their gifts and plan for what comes next. Our contract with Sarah is based on a mutual agreement to continue from year to year and […]