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Stronger Than We Think We Are

By , February 7, 2017
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“We’re Stronger Than We Think We Are” A minister who retired recently said this to her congregation many times over the 29 years she served them. She said it when they needed to find a place to worship because their building was affected by mold. She said it when they stood up to community condemnation for

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Our Seven Principles

People often ask what Unitarian Universalists believe. Unitarian Universalism is not a creedal faith, however. We aren’t asked to subscribe to a specific set of beliefs, but to be in covenant with one another to affirm and support certain principles. These principles sometimes are used in place of a creed, but they are not so

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Uncle Louie and the Northwest Passage

By , November 13, 2016
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Uncle Louie and the Northwest Passage Our theme this month is “Story” and I think if we asked everyone here today to tell us just one story from their family we could be here for days. Every family has a story they tell. Sometimes those stories are funny and sometimes they are tragic. Sometimes they

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On Covenant

By , September 27, 2016
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Our heritage teaches us that the fundamental quality of our existence is loving kindness. In his book, The Gospel According to Jesus, Stephen Mitchell writes, “What is the gospel according to Jesus? Simply this: The love we all long for in our innermost heart is already present, beyond longing.” Covenants are about relationships. The amazing

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Thus Do We Covenant

Thus Do We Covenant Covenant —noun: an agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specified. Covenant — noun: a solemn agreement between the members of a church to act together in harmony with the precepts of the gospel. Covenant — noun: the conditional promises made to humanity by God as told in the Hebrew Scriptures. Covenant — verb: to promise; to pledge. Every week we covenant with one another To dwell together in peace To seek knowledge To serve others This

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Summertime Thoughts, July 31

By , July 31, 2016
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Summertime Thoughts – July 31, 2016 Dear Friends, Just yesterday I had the privilege of spending almost five hours in retreat with your congregational leadership – the Parish Committee and the other committee chairs. We tackled the Big Questions that effective leaders must face when moving into collaborative leadership: What is leadership and what is

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Summertime Thoughts

By , June 30, 2016
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Summertime Thoughts from your Minister – June 30, 2016 Dear First Parish Friends, It’s been a complicated and uncertain month, and I thought I’d write to you all to remind you that you have only to call or email me to make an appointment to talk. While the world seems to be fragmented and on edge,

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Ministerious Musings

By , May 8, 2016
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Dear Friends, I am so looking forward to returning to you and the ministry of our beloved community. It has been a rich and restful sabbatical during which I’ve traveled both physically and mentally. Warm and friendly people, beautiful scenery and architecture, breathtaking art, and of course delicious food characterized our month in Italy. I

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Ministerious Musings

By , February 26, 2016
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Dear Friends, As you no doubt know, I will be away on sabbatical for the months of March and April. There is no end to my gratitude for this extended period of rest and renewal during which I will travel for a month in Italy. From March 1 to March 31 Nick and I will

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