Thank you, Religious Education Families

On June 3, the RE parents surprised me with a bookstore spree – thank you all so much.  I have indulged in a huge armful of books:

  • The White Stag
  • The Two Princesses of Bamarre
  • Fire Bringer
  • East
  • The Sight
  • Ombria in Shadow
  • The Old Straight Track
  • The King of Elfland’s Daughter: Special Edition
  • Morphology of the Folktale
  • The King’s Damosel

as well a nice handful of movie DVDs – The Hobbit, Fantastic Beasts, and A Wrinkle in Time!

June 17: Annual Flower Ceremony

10 AM led by the Sunday Service Committee

Please join us for our annual celebration of Flower Communion.  Bring a blossom to share and consider the beautiful, robust, diverse bouquet we make together!  The tradition of flower communion began in the 1930’s in Prague as a ritual to celebrate diversity and open to people of all religions.

June 3: Healthy Community: Right Relations, Forgiveness and Grace

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

At my exit interview with Joe Sullivan, he asked what I regrets I had– things the I or the congregation and I had done that I wish we had not done or problems that remained unaddressed. I honestly couldn’t think of any. This congregation is certainly not perfect but it is, I believe, healthy. What has brought about this health and vitality and how might it continue to develop into the future?

Today’s service will include a Bridging Ceremony honoring our High School seniors as they embark on new adventures!

Simultaneous children’s religious education

After the service, we will have a potluck at 11:30, followed by UUCUV’s Annual Meeting at noon.

On Eating Blueberries With Chopsticks

A couple of months ago, I began an experiment in changing my dietary habits.  Various parts of my life and my body were out of balance, and I longed to feel more control and mindfulness about the food I take in.

Among other things, I have chosen to limit sweet foods such as fruit, and to stick to the most nutrient-dense fruits, such as blueberries.  They’re delicious, round, and blue – I am certainly not depriving myself by choosing them foremost!

In order to slow down my intake, to eat them mindfully to feel full instead of in a gorging manner, I started eating them with chopsticks.  I’m no good with chopsticks; ask Grace sometime about The Chopstick Story from when we were courting.  Eating blueberries with chopsticks can be funny, or it can be elegant, delicate, and oh, so flavorful.

Slow down.  One at a time.  Make every bite an occasion.  Savor.

I hope to try this with moments, too.

May 20: The Rivers Meet the Sea

10 AM with our ministerial candidate, Jan Hutslar

The joining of each individual’s story and spirit creates the ocean of community. We celebrate the covenantal relationship of our faith, and the strength and resilience of this collective of UU’s.

Simultaneous children’s religious education

Followed by members voting on the calling of Jan as minister for our congregation.

May 6: We Are the Ones

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

Learning to see through less rose-colored (aka white) glasses can be a discomforting process and learning to put this new vision into practice is not easy.  However UU congregations all over the country are beginning to work on doing just that.   This service will reflect on the progress being made and the ways this work may deepen our spiritual practice as individuals and as a congregation.

Shared Plate this Sunday–to benefit the UUA Promise and Practice Campaign


Simultaneous children’s religious education