Category To Be Continued

To Be Continued: Being Welcoming

Dear Ones, Thirty of us gathered in our Sanctuary last Sunday, and it was good. We had windows open and fans going for ventilation. We had Chris playing at the grand piano! We had a good service – and we had a newcomer with us, too.  I think we sometimes forget that we almost always […]

To Be Continued: Guidelines As We Return

Dear Ones, Yes, we will begin to hold in person worship services again this coming Sunday, June 6th. As I write this, the Covid Act Now website still lists people in our county as at medium risk for contracting COVID, with an average of just over 5 new cases per day, per 100,000 people. Just […]

To Be Continued: Return and Play!

Dear Ones, “Summertime… and the livin’ is …” The lyric tells us that the livin’ is easy in summertime. This was certainly not the case last summer, as the pandemic raged across the world. With roughly half the adult population in the U.S. now vaccinated, more and more of us are looking forward to hosting guests […]

To Be Continued: Habit & Return

Dear Ones, Habits are funny things. Before last March, most of us were in the habit of worship at the Fellowship on Sunday mornings. Many of us also had regular tasks for Sunday morning – greeting, speaking, counting the offering, preparing refreshments for fellowship hour after service, etc. Last March everything changed from one Sunday […]

To Be Continued: Flowers!

Dear Ones, If you attended last Sunday’s online worship service, you know that we celebrated the Flower Festival again! You may also know that there is an opportunity to pick up some gladiolus bulbs from the Fellowship Hall porch. I just checked, and there are still some bulbs available. I know it’s not the same as […]

To Be Continued: Being Human

Dear Ones, One of my favorite quotes is from Unitarian theologian James Luther Adams, who said “Church is a place where you get to practice what it means to be human.” Being human means being fallible. A colleague once shared that they preached a sermon on the perils of perfectionism, titled “Nobody’s Prefekt.” Half the congregation […]

To Be Continued: Stories!

Dear Ones, “For each child that’s born, a morning star rises and sings to the universe who we are…” (from We Are, by Ysaye Barnwell) Who we are depends on so many factors: our family of origin (whether birth or adopted), our gender, our race, our socioeconomic class, our ethnicity, our country, and our faith. And then there […]

To Be Continued: The Natural World

Dear Ones, Every week in worship we recite our Mission Statement, which includes naming ourselves – as a congregation and as individuals – as stewards of the natural world. Today is Earth Day, created by the late Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI), and first celebrated in 1970 with a series of “teach ins” around the United States. […]

To Be Continued: Taxes, Caste, and Antiracism

Dear Ones, It’s Tax Day! Traditionally April 15th is the day the filing of income taxes is due, though this year there’s an extension due to the global pandemic. Thinking about taxes makes me think of all the ways the taxes we pay – income tax, property tax, sales tax – supports services we depend upon. Services […]

To Be Continued: Poetry

Dear Ones, April is National Poetry Month, and I’m excited for the service our Fabulous Worship Team™ is putting together for this coming Sunday!  I love poetry. I was just listening to an interview with Amanda Gorman, the young woman who offered her brilliant poem, The Hill We Climb, at the inauguration of President Biden. […]