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Love Note: White Owl

Dear Ones-

In these past days, largely chilled and sunless as we move through the darkest time of the year, the topic of death seems to be recurring. Several of you have shared stories of loved ones and acquaintances who have recently died, and of course … read more.

Love Note: the Montreal Massacre

Love Note: The Montreal Massacre

Hello Dear Ones-

Today’s Love Note is a somber one in which I share with you a tragedy that occurred in Canada several decades ago, known widely as the Montreal Massacre.  Perhaps some of you are familiar with it.

In today’s message I wanted to … read more.

Love Note: Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Ones-

On this Thanksgiving weekend I am struck by the abundance for which we have to be grateful.

Today my thoughts are on you and how, together, we are moving through one of the most challenging periods in memory – and doing so with grace.
(It’s … read more.

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.