Opening the Way to Connection

Dec. 31, 2018. By Lay Minister for Membership & Outreach Shannon Williams. “Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.” – Vera Nazarian A random bounce through UUCF’s website encounters no fewer than a dozen versions of the word “connection.” Interconnectedness. Building connections. Grow, Connect, Serve. This word in its many forms weaves itself around all the ways we work for love and justice in our congregation. Its meanings are even more varied outside of congregational life. From electrical engineering to neural networks to ecological systems, connection suggests relationship, coherence, continuity or a sequence of […]

Don’t Rush to Unity

Dec. 17, 2018. By Intern Minister Pippin Whitaker. I recently sat on a beach contemplating the sand. So many varied forms of life and earth – spectacular shells, sturdy bones, even mighty boulders transformed into fragments of sand. The sand is a unified form of these varied creatures and stones. It has beauty, yet each of its elements has a story, a unique and vital history that brought it there. The sand is symbolic of our shared fate. We all eventually return to the earth and the stars. If our fates are ultimately tied to unity, what’s the rush? For me, the mystery, the wonder and the beauty of existence […]

Loretta and Michael Rowe

Congregational Treasures. Dec. 3, 2018. This December we honor Loretta and Michael Rowe as UUCF Congregational Treasures. You’ve definitely seen the Rowes around – they’re involved in so many aspects of our congregational life. Loretta and Michael have assisted with pastoral care and memorial services. They participated in a Covenant Group and are active participants in the Climate Action Group, where they facilitated audience discussion following a viewing of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” In addition, Loretta led this year’s Earth Day Fair on the UUCF campus. These days you will see Michael singing tenor in the UUCF Community Chorale and Loretta beautifying the campus with flowers. […]

Advent: Finding a Stillness

Dec. 3, 2018. By Assistant Minister Rev. Sarah Caine. Yesterday marked the first day of Hanukkah as well as the first day of Advent this year. One, the celebration of a miracle and a way to visually say “still here, still worshipping.” The other, anticipating a miracle amid the feeling that the world is ending. I have celebrated both of these holidays at different points in my life. Recently, Advent has been important to me – even as someone who doesn’t identify with Jesus as the sole source of salvation. Advent was introduced to me in seminary, by a Catholic woman priest. Now, I make a point of having candles […]