Mindfulness Is a Means of Transformation

Feb. 25, 2019. By Director of Religious Exploration Diana Tycer. The UUCF mission statement sits on my desk, and I read it almost daily. As I am sure you all know, it says our mission is to transform ourselves, our community and the world through acts of love and justice. For some in our congregation, those words call them to bold and visible action. They protest monthly in front of the National Rifle Association headquarters, they travel to Richmond to lobby our state representatives, they network in the community to combat climate change, serve the homeless and foster interfaith collaborations. They work with others in the Unitarian Universalist Association and […]

Small Acts of Tremendous Spirit

Feb. 18, 2019. By Lay Minister for Membership & Outreach Shannon Williams. The night of “The Vagina Monologues,” the UUCF campus thrummed with energy. A full house, songs by the unstoppable Nikki Ames to get our engines going, then one voice after another telling the shared story. The show satisfied, troubled, expanded, inspired. We all could have walked out afterward fulfilled by the experience. But most of us didn’t walk out. We paused, lingering by the snack table and makeshift bar. I watched in awe as our Commons, packed with members, friends and neighbors, bloomed to life. The sight thrilled my heart. The space transformed from a room with folding […]

Next Chapter: How to Retire Wild, Happy and Free the UUCF Way

Tue., Jun. 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. (Class started Apr. 23.) Led by Craig Clark. Register online or email ap@uucf.org. Retirement is a familiar term, but perhaps the “next chapter” of your successful, gratifying and meaningful life is a better way to describe retirement. The class will focus on how we can make our next chapter the one we want it to be. In addition to learning from each other, we will learn from people who have written on this topic. Regardless of your age, the next chapter is here, or it’s coming, so why not plan for it and make it the chapter you and your loved ones want.

A Time and a Place

Feb. 11, 2019. By Intern Minister Pippin Whitaker. “I want to just cry, but they’re waiting. There’ll be a time and a place for that,” I recall a bereaved spouse in the hospital telling me she couldn’t cry – she needed to put on a strong face for the grandchildren. Grief unfolds in so many different ways, and numbness is certainly one of them. Yet I wondered, with this expansive family and all the arrangements she would need to make, when would she find her space to cry, or yell or sit with sadness? When do any of us find the time and space to grieve our losses, our hurts? […]

Our Faith Can Be a Treatment for White Supremacy

Feb. 4, 2019. By Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. A week ago, we held a conference at UUCF that was motivated in part by the struggle Unitarian Universalist congregations have been having with the use of the words “white supremacy” in relation to the cultural systems in which we in the U.S. swim. It has been a difficult subject in our congregations and in the country, but it reflects the inherent privilege built into the culture of this country before and since the U.S. Constitution codified it in Article 1, Section 2: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States, which may be included within this […]