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Love Note: Forever Oneness

Dear Ones-

We have talked a lot lately about separation, divisions, and silos.  I am inspired by the author naming Holiness as Forever Oneness.  Bee Lake, an Aboriginal poet, reminds us of the sacredness of Oneness, and how we learn through each other when immersed in it.  … read more.

Love Note: Hope Extends

Hello First U!

When I read this poem by Phillip Booth the words ‘Ours is no caravan of despair.’ come to mind (reference our UU hymn “Come, Come, Whoever You Are” words from a poem by Rumi).

The Love Note message of hope from Election Day a … read more.

Love Note: Hope on Election Day

Hello Dear Ones-

Election day is finally here!  Our hearts are hopeful, with anticipation and perhaps some interwoven anxiety as well.  I am choosing to look at the results of this election as an opportunity for new beginnings.

This poem by Lisel Mueller beautifully illustrates what hope looks … read more.

Love Note: Is Worship Occurring in Sanctuary?

Hello Dear Ones!

Since we began offering sanctuary to protesters nearly a week ago we’ve been asked on numerous occasions if worship has been occurring while protesters have been here in our sacred church space.

The answer, purely and simply, is yes.

We as Unitarian Universalists know that worship takes many forms, … read more.

Love Note: Autumn

Dear ones-

Today we celebrate the Autumnal Equinox, better known as the first day of autumn.  With summertime behind us, I will resume sending Love Notes, and thought it fitting to do so with a poem in celebration of the turning of the season.

For many, autumn … read more.

Racial Justice Moment: John Lewis

Hello First U Family-

If you were able to attend this past Sunday’s service you’ll perhaps remember me mentioning the sharing of podcasts, etc… that contain messages to inform our understanding and engagement in the fight for racial justice.  This is the first of these messages.

I thought it … read more.

Love Note: The Sea/The Water

Dearest First U Family-

In order to round out our celebration of water, Elizabeth Smither offers a poem about this most sacred and useful of resources. 

In pondering water’s ever-changing nature and fluidity, the perpetual evolution of our own human condition came to mind.  For this, especially as … read more.

Love Note: The Silence of the Stars

Hello Dear Ones –

David Wagoner offers a lovely poem here about quieting our minds and our environments to hear the singing of the stars.  As I read through the poem I saw example after example of noise in my life…television – yes; street traffic – … read more.