Category To Be Continued

To Be Continued: Valentine’s Day

Dear Ones, ‘Tis the day before Valentine’s Day, and the florists are super busy. So are retail card shops, and some restaurants are already turning away requests for reservations. (And parents are no doubt purchasing boxes of character-themed cards for their children to exchange at school.) There’s a lot of money to be made on […]

To Be Continued: Worship Resources

Dear Ones, We began receiving thematic resources for worship, religious education, and small group ministry from Soul Matters Sharing Circle in the fall of 2016. Someone asked me if this means we get “canned” sermons or services – in others words, sermons or services wholly constructed by some person or committee unconnected to UUFB. The […]

To Be Continued: African American History Month

Dear Ones, As we finish out the month of January, I want to again thank all the great volunteers who do good work throughout the year for UUFB. If I start naming names, I’m sure to inadvertently forget someone. In truth, everyone does something that contributes to this joyful sanctuary, if only by offering their […]

To Be Continued: Getting Involved!

Dear Ones, New Year – new intentions, and I hope some of you have an intention to get more involved or try something new here. You may have noticed a few more people getting involved in our worship services lately! I’m thrilled to have newer faces – and newer voices – before the congregation, lighting […]

To Be Continued: Media Manipulation and Knee-Jerk Reactions

Dear Ones, Several years ago, a major news network broadcast what they claimed was footage of a violent protest rally in Madison, Wisconsin. The dead giveaway that it was fake was that there were palm trees visible in the background. Recognizing fake news – and fake photos – is getting harder, but we can do […]

To Be Continued: New Year and Election Courtesy

Dear Ones, I hope you’ve all had good, meaningful time with friends and loved ones over the holidays! Here we are in the early days of 2020, and the world is as confusing as ever. As we move into this new year, we know there will be a lot – A LOT – of political […]

To Be Continued: After Christmas

Dear Ones, ‘Tis the day after Christmas. Time to take stock of the year past, and look forward to the New Year. Many of us may still be hosting – or visiting – friends and family from afar. Some of us may be getting ready to take a break, a post-holiday vacation, to recharge our […]

To Be Continued: Busy Holidays

Dear Ones, Trying to do everything can be exhausting in many ways. As we move through this busy holiday season, I encourage all of you to take some time to slow down, rest, and restore your spirit. This time of year is a time of holy darkness, a time when many plants and animals go […]

To Be Continued: On Mister Rogers

Dear Ones, In the midst of the holiday festivities, I’ve been hearing a lot about the new movie about Fred Rogers – Mister Rogers of PBS children’s television. I’ve yet to find a person who had a bad thing to say about the movie – or about Mister Rogers. He was one of those rare […]

To Be Continued: Holidays and Advent

Dear Ones, The winter holidays are coming! Advent! Hanukkah! Yule! Christmas! Kwanzaa! Watch Night! If you were at the service this past Sunday, you probably saw the Advent candles on our centering table. The practice of lighting Advent candles varies, though most light three purple candles, representing hope, love, and peace; and one pink candle […]