The Responsibility to Play it Well

by Director of Music and Arts Laura Weiss. What if someone were to film a documentary of your voice? Your voice would be the star of the show. What if a producer were to tell your story based on the life of that voice? I wonder what we might hear; what might we see? The film might begin with your first infant cry – then perhaps a close-up of your first words with mom or dad. Perhaps it might then pan out to your first sentences or first questions about the world. Were you to show the documentary to your friends, you’d be joyous remembering certain moments as you watched […]

Fighting for Racial Justice at UUCF

by Kaye Cook, Co-leader, Racial Justice Steering Committee. From a young age, I had a strong sense of fairness and equity. Luckily, I was fortunate to work in the field of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in the federal government for most of my career. When I retired in February 2014, I was looking for a way to stay engaged in racial and social justice issues. As luck would have it, my husband and I attended a service at UUCF the same month I retired. I knew immediately I had found a place where my core values and interests were shared by others and would give me the chance to stay […]

Awkward Moments

by Associate Minister Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Today my niece turns 13. She is so excited to be a teenager at last! She’s been a tween for a long time, and she is no stranger to middle school drama. But for a couple of years now, Grace and I have been practicing how to handle the drama as we bond over a funny-serious card game called “Awkward Moment.” The game, designed for middle schoolers, is simple. There are two sets of cards: the “Moments” deck and the “Reactions” deck. Each player gets a bunch of “Reactions” cards to play. We turn over the “Moments” cards one at a time, and each […]

Staying Grounded in the Storm

by Lay Minister for Worship and Arts Susan Bennett. In turbulent times like the ones we find ourselves in the midst of now, it can seem almost impossible to stay balanced and centered. Perhaps like me, you find yourself feeling alternately sad, frightened, angry and confused about where to best put your energies. So many emails, so many tweets, so many requests for your time, attention and resources. I find that I’m asking myself every day: “How can I best serve the values I hold dear and also maintain some level of equilibrium?” I return again and again to spiritual practice. It keeps me grounded and gives me hope. Spiritual […]

Reimagining the Possible

by Pete Krone, Annual Giving Campaign Co-chair. Reimagining the possible. When seismic shifts occur in our lives, our community and our country, we are called on to look to our values and what matters most and then to re-imagine what can and must be done. Reimagine the hopes of a visitor walking through our doors – realizing that at one time we have all been a visitor. This year’s Annual Giving Campaign’s theme is just that – Reimagining the Possible – looking at what matters most and providing financial support for what must be done to ensure that UUCF is a vibrant, engaged and financially sound congregation. The annual campaign […]

Loving Our Home

by Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson. Last summer as I looked through our RE cupboards of toys for young children, I wondered if we might be able to create a model of our beautiful Sanctuary for our 4- and 5-year-olds. Their curriculum introduces them to our community members, ministers, grounds and buildings that make up our UU home. Having a child-sized Sanctuary seemed like a stretch, but maybe I could find someone to make a simple model. I mentioned the idea to Ron Giusti,* who I knew crafted beautiful birdhouses, and he said he’d think about it. Two months later, he presented the class with an amazing 3-foot by […]

Being Seen, Being Loved

by Associate Minister Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. The myth of Cupid and Psyche has been much on my mind as we approach Valentine’s Day this year. Do you know it? The story goes like this: Psyche, daughter of a king, is so beautiful and kind that Cupid, the god of love himself, has fallen in love with her from afar. Because of the jealous intervention of other gods, Cupid is only able to court her with a very strange condition. He can only approach her in the full darkness of night, or a curse will strike and bring disaster. Cupid and Psyche meet and fall in love, all by night, and […]

Fulfilling Our Promise

by Rev. David A. Miller. Friday night I said the blessing at UUCF’s Hypothermia Shelter dinner. Afterward, as I walked out in the freezing cold wind, I couldn’t help but feel deep sadness. We have a promise that holds this country together. It is a promise to those who have nowhere to sleep and a promise to those who have no home due to conflict, poverty and war. It is the promise that this country was built on. We have often failed in fulfilling that promise. Sometimes we come closer to fulfilling the promise than at other times. Now it seems we are moving further away from that promise. I […]

What Is Each of Our Roles in This Extraordinary Time?

by Senior Minister Rev. David A. Miller. As we all try to navigate the road ahead, we will continue to have different opinions and feelings about the best course of action. As we process our feelings and thoughts, as I have said before, it is totally understandable that we will need different things at different times and be faced with decisions about our level of involvement. Involvement can challenge our comfort and lead us each to existential questions of deep meaning. For me in this past week, those questions are about risk and sacrifice. What am I willing to lay down for my fellow humans? What level of discomfort can […]

Striving for Excellence and Breaking Down Barriers

by Intern Minister McKinley Sims. I’ve been doing some genealogical research this month. It wasn’t my first choice of how to spend my free time, but my mother, the inimitable Frankie B., put me onto it because she’s been having scary dreams about the future of our country. She claims that her great-grandmother, my great-great-grandmother, is encouraging her to “stay away from that place” and “return home.” We wondered if this is some kind of prophecy. We didn’t know exactly what her name was, but we were pretty sure about relationship: She came across the Atlantic from Pontypool, Wales, in 1870, before settling in the Texas Panhandle. Her fourth son […]