Embracing the Coming Year and Looking Beyond

Aug. 27, 2018. By Assistant Minister Rev. Sarah Caine. It is nearly one year since I became the assistant minister for this beloved UUCF community. So much has happened in that time and I am grateful for it. I’ve been ordained, commissioned and had at least three different hair colors since then. We have amazing programming in the upcoming congregational year – classes and workshops, new and continuing Covenant Groups, new and continuing Wellspring groups and a new initiative to engage our spirits more intentionally and richly. This is a capable and kind group of folks and I’m excited to see what will take shape as our liturgical year unfolds. […]

Needlework Group

Third Thursday, 2:30-4 p.m., and first Tuesday, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Next Thursday session is Jan. 17. Next Tuesday session is Feb. 5. Contact Mary Paxton. No registration required; just show up. This newly gathering (and hopefully ongoing) group welcomes all parties interested in schmoozing over their needlework or other portable projects on an “as possible” basis. There will be no formal instructor, but the members will assist each other (including beginners) in mastering new techniques and planning future projects, while they get to know each other better. To accommodate all who may be interested, those available will meet twice a month, once during the day and once in the […]

A Well-Placed Pumpkin

Aug. 20, 2018. By Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. This past week, in jest, someone posted an article on my Facebook page about how people who decorate earlier for Christmas are happier people. Yes, there were lots of fun comments and cries of exasperation because I love decorating for autumn, and as soon as the holidays approach I try to get those decorations up as fast as possible. Although all of this was good fun, there is actually something behind my decorating desires. I love the colors of the fall as they break up the everyday backdrop of my life. I love the lights, colors and sounds of the […]

Living Consciously

Mon., Feb. 4, Mar. 18, Apr. 15, May 27 and Jun. 10, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. (Current session of this class started Jan. 7.) Led by Zim Putney. Register online here or email Melissa Campos-Poehnert, ap@uucf.org. Eckhart Tolle says we are only truly alive in this moment. In this class we strive to be more present and self-aware now, following the voice of our deepest inner resources: our intelligence, emotions, feelings and values. We apply the wisdom of Jack Kornfield’s book “The Wise Heart,” as well as teachings of Tara Brach and others. We practice mindfulness in each meeting through reading (mind), movement (body) and meditation (spirit) and the shared wisdom of […]

Trans 101

Sun., Sep. 16, 2-3:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Karen Wolf. Register online here, in the Commons after the service or email Melissa Campos-Poehnert, ap@uucf.org. Transgender people have existed throughout history, but between politics and pop culture, trans issues seem to be everywhere today. Come learn about transgender identities, language, etiquette and how to be an ally to the transgender community. How can UUCF live up to its commitment of being a Welcoming Congregation for trans people? As people of faith committed to justice, what is our responsibility in the face of transphobia? Bring your questions and your open minds and hearts.

Creativity and Social Change

Aug. 13, 2018. By Worship Coordinator and Director of Music & Arts Laura Weiss. Last week, Susan Bennett shared with us how creativity fills her. I was thrilled to hear how creative work has become part of her spiritual practice and she has done this through her involvement at UUCF. Her words reminded me of the experiences of many congregants but also of others who I heard at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in June. This year at GA, I heard the phrase “What our movement needs is creativity” repeated many times. Whether from a minister or inspiring speaker, we heard that new creative solutions are what is needed […]

Raising Your Hand to Creativity

Aug. 6, 2018. By Lay Minister for Worship & Arts Susan Bennett. As they sometimes do, an experience in worship at UUCF has stayed with me. The Sanctuaries DC was leading worship last month and, in his opening words, Rev. Erik Martínez Resly asked how many of us thought of ourselves as artists? He was visibly pleased by the many hands that went up, remarking that usually only a few hands were raised and then he explained that creativity was the birthright of all. Whether we label ourselves artists or not, we all possess inherent creativity. Whether we create what we think of as art with a capital A, use […]