Listening is an Act of Love

Listening is an Act of Love

I had a great Saturday night listening. It was at Unity Temple, where I already do a lot o f listening, but this time it was the Spring Music Festival—one of my favorite events of the year. I got to soak in song after song, 

Turning Our Beliefs into Action

Turning Our Beliefs into Action

Religion is the way you live your life, my (later) childhood minister the Rev. Paul Beattie used to say. This was a helpful way for me to think about what it meant to be a Unitarian Universalist, particularly in those days, when so many of 

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

Long, long ago, in 1996, I went to my first General Assembly, the annual continental gathering of Unitarian Universalists, which that year was held in Indianapolis. I got there via an epic two day road trip with four other seminarians from Harvard Divinity School, and 

Dear UTUUC

Dear UTUUC

My time as your interim minister is rapidly coming to an end. My last day will be Sunday, June 11. I hope you can join us that day for a special goodbye service which will undoubtedly contain laughter and tears. It will be a chance 

Impossible Things & Wonderful Possibilities

Impossible Things & Wonderful Possibilities

There’s something about this time of year that always feels like it is full of possibilities. I know not everyone feels this way, but I am naturally oriented (through years of practice) towards thinking of September as a time of new beginnings. And thus, it 

Tending One’s Spirit

Tending One’s Spirit

For me, there’s something about gazing at the water out into the horizon. I don’t really understand it fully, but I can feel it somewhere in my soul or spirit—somewhere deep down, anyway—that there’s something that nourishes me and renews me in that view. I 

Quiet Shift

Quiet Shift

In our recent history, summer has been both a quieter time and a time of change for Unity  Temple. Quieter because worship attendance tends to slow down, we shift to all-ages  programming for our young people, and there are fewer regular meetings. Last summer, we weathered lots 

Life is Fragile

Life is Fragile

It’s gotten so I’m not sure what I would do without the morning (dog) walk to ground me and get me ready for the day. The quiet (or sometimes the podcasts) help me wake up to the world and myself. I read once somewhere, and 

Sorrow, Fear, Frustration and Hope

Sorrow, Fear, Frustration and Hope

I feel so much sorrow. Between what is happening in the world right now, combined with the UTUUC staffing changes and financial situation, there is just so much to be sad about. And to be scared about. I am guessing that many of you feel 

Big Feelings

Big Feelings

It was a few years into parenthood when I first heard the term “big feelings”. I loved it right away because it captures the way that sometimes little bodies and hearts and minds are filled with emotion, and kids don’t usually have the words or 

The Antidote to Despair is Action

The Antidote to Despair is Action

For the past six years, our son has attended the elementary school around the corner from our house. He started when he was  tiny pipsqueak of five and a half and now, at eleven, in his last days there, he is taller than me. Every 

Worth the Risk

Worth the Risk

I met my Irish friend Eibhlin (pronounced Ev-leen) Walsh in 2012. She was at Drew University as a Fulbright scholar who taught Irish language (Gaelic) to students. That was the year that hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Because students and staff needed to evacuate 

Telling the Story

Telling the Story

Chelle, one of my college roommates and dearest friends these past thirty years, was one of the first people I met on campus. She basically introduced me to John, my husband. She was someone I followed around because her smile and her personality embodied love 

Feel From Every Direction

Feel From Every Direction

When I think back a couple of years ago to the beginning of the pandemic, as we were getting started in a new way of doing worship services, I had to re-think how I did messages for all ages. So many of those early weeks