Affirming My Call to Military Chaplaincy

Mar. 25, 2019. By Assistant Minister Rev. Sarah Caine. As I near the close of my time at Chaplain Basic Officer Learning Course (CHBOLC) here at Fort Jackson, SC, I’ve been asked to reflect on how this course has helped forge me as a chaplain. CHBOLC is an odd mixture of orientation to the Army and ministry because people arrive for the course with different levels of familiarity with each piece of the job. We spend most of our days in classrooms learning about regulations, Army writing and pastoral skills in the pluralistic environment. We do have the occasional opportunity to do cool Army things like the Victory Tower (rappelling […]

The Last Campaign! Really??

Mar. 18, 2019. By Terry Goplerud and Dave Wiemer, UUCF Generosity Team co-chairs. If you’ve been a member of UUCF for a while, you know that each March, everyone in the congregation is asked to renew their annual pledge. There is usually a theme, a brochure, a banner, posters, sometimes videos and many talks from the pulpit by various people imploring us to make or increase our pledge and to turn in our pledge cards. It involves lots of volunteer and staff time and usually culminates in further staff and volunteer time tracking down missing pledges. Not this year. This year marks the beginning of a new approach to pledging […]

The Aftermath of Loss

Mar. 11, 2019. By Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. It is a call you never want to get. It came last Monday and changed everything. We, the families, the staff, this congregation and the entire community, lost three souls – Flori, Vladimir and Nathan – in a violent and tragic act. These acts – so often seen in the news as another story in the lore of violence from the barrel of a gun – were now, as it has been for so many before, intensely personal. This was not a premeditated act, but an act in the midst of a troubled night in a family that we have […]

Partner Church message of thanks

March 2019. Ditol Mylliemngap, headmaster of the Puriang Unitarian School, sent this recent message of thanks: “Please tell all the members of the church that the youth, children and adults in Puriang remember them in our hearts. To all the sponsors, without you the school would not be like it is now. In love and friendship, Ditol.” The school (affiliated with UUCF’s Partner Church in Northeast India) has seen a 20% increase in enrollment. Some children are coming from as far as 30 miles away. Two new classrooms are being built and 27 students have been selected to participate in a special math and science tutoring program in the state […]

Friday Night Worship: Exploring New Ways of Being in Community

Mar. 4, 2019. By Lay Minister for Worship & Arts Susan Bennett. In these increasingly anxious and troubling times, I find myself returning regularly to the need for grounding and self-nurturance. It’s important not just for me but also as a path to being of service to others. I first learned this lesson long ago when I was a mother of young children. As the spiral of life unfolds, I return again and again to this lesson. I simply am no good for others unless I take care of my own spiritual needs. And even though I know that to be true, it’s so easy to be overtaken by the […]

Zim Putney

Congregational Treasure. Mar. 4, 2019. Our latest Congregational Treasure is longtime member Zimri (Zim) Putney, who joined UUCF in 1973. Those who know Zim are familiar with the way he emanates great peace and clarity of mind – and how much he enjoys sharing his equanimity and joy for life with others. Zim has led the popular, ongoing Adult Programs class Living Consciously for more than 5 years. The class focuses on self-awareness and the ability to tap our innermost resources for intelligence, emotions and values to guide daily living. He has been a Covenant Group member and leader. In addition, Zim lends his clear tenor voice and his joie […]