World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on December first each year. We remember all of those persons around the world who have died from AIDS-related illnesses and people who are living with HIV; a time to give thanks for the progress that has been made and to reflect on what still

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For Today, Every Day

A couple of Sundays ago, on Reformation Sunday, our Minister Emeritus, the Rev. Larry Reimer, challenged the congregation with the important quotation from the lips of the great reformer, Martin Luther.  After he was condemned for the declarations of conscience that became known as the 95 Theses, Luther wrote, “Here

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Inspired by Competition

By nature I am not all that competitive. In those fun-filled online personality quizzes, I learn that my particular type is motivated intrinsically and that beating someone else is not necessarily an impetus to me to aim higher or to achieve greater and greater things. Don’t get me wrong, I

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The Search Process

The search process for our next UCG Associate Minister has begun. As per our UCG policies and procedures, the nominations for Search Committee members were contributed by the congregation, vetted for every possible representation, diversity, and availability by Council Exec, and by vote of the Church Council, a slate of

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What Brings You Joy?

There is a fabulous verse in the book of Philippians that says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!” The apostle Paul seems to be encouraging his friends in the Philippian congregation to reconnect to gratitude and to remember their sense of blessedness– a Rejoice Reboot! Recently

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Flower Power

On Sunday, May 1, our Board of Parish Ministry invites us to worship services centered in the theme, The Wisdom of Flowers. The structure of the service is Unitarian Universalist in its origins and often called a “Flower Communion,” because of its intention to provide ritual that is inclusive of

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Holy Week Carpets

When I lived in Honduras, the streets of the town would be decorated for Semana Santa, Holy Week. The long street up to the cathedral door was impossibly pocked with holes and rocks, and in the rainy season, normally sloshed with mud. But for Palm Sunday, it was transformed by

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