The Reach of Our Light

Apr. 30, 2018. By Lay Minister for Membership & Outreach Shannon Williams. Like many neighbors doing their part to urge in spring, my son and I transplant seedlings. Our task is to thin the herd. We approach this work with an unspoken awareness of the terrible, lovely power we possess. We get to decide which of these fragile things have their chance to carry on in larger containers, and which will return to beginnings. My son with his still unbroken optimism rejects this as a false choice. He scrounges around the kitchen for used water bottles then saws off the tops and drill holes in the bottoms. Bringing them into […]

Our Pledges As Nourishment

Apr. 23, 2018. By Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. When you think about UUCF, I’m hoping what comes to mind first are things like love, community, spiritual nourishment, compassion, growth, family, justice and service. I’m also hoping when we think of UUCF we have a growing understanding of what it takes to keep this place running, the incredible work of the staff, the voice of love, hope and justice that we have always valued so deeply, but especially in this last year. When considering all of this, although it can be hard, the hope is we avoid thinking of money equaling votes for or against particular aspects of congregational […]

On the Road to Beloved Community … Teaching RE Matters

Apr. 16, 2018. By Interim Director of Religious Exploration Diana Tycer. We are in the midst of our Annual Giving pledge campaign, and we all know that to achieve the beloved community our congregation desires, money does matter. But so does the commitment of time and talent that a thriving Religious Exploration program requires. And we do have a thriving RE program. Just last Sunday, more than 200 children and youth, and more than 60 adults, participated in one of our RE programs (this includes those adventuring in DC with the Coming of Age 7th grade classes.) In fact, we have so many students attending RE that we had to […]

UUCF Refugee Resettlement Project

Congregational Treasures. Apr. 9, 2018. When UUCF contemplated sponsoring a refugee family in 2016, a large group of eager congregants came to the first meeting knowing only that they wanted to help a family fleeing violence get settled and assimilate successfully in the U.S. About 15 UUCFers and many from our partners at UU Sterling came together to review the refugee sponsorship options offered by Lutheran Social Services. The group reviewed information on how much money should be raised and all the different teams needed to support the family in its first year, including apartment rentals, food, transportation and English instruction. The UUCF/UUCS team, of course, chose the most challenging […]

Trust the Process

Apr. 9, 2018. By Intern Minister Pippin Whitaker. I am delighted to share with you that on Mar. 24, the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association welcomed me into preliminary fellowship as a UU minister (I still have to complete my internship and graduate from Meadville Lombard to finalize this). This means that I am cleared to enter search this fall and to find a congregation to serve as minister beginning in August 2019. Being granted this status also clears me for ordination, and I am exploring ordination possibilities for spring 2019 once I am approved for graduation. I will continue to serve UUCF as your intern next […]