This Sunday and This Week at UCG

This Sunday at UCG, we will be having another guest speaker, Tony Miller! Come out to our celebratory worship at 7:00 pm with the 4th of July Ice Cream Social afterwards! The All Church Band will be playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” at the service. Anyone who now plays or has ever

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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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Love…Endures All Things

Sabbath doesn’t always bring rest. And Easter doesn’t always remind me of resurrection. Sometimes, the message of Easter is simply, “endure.” Not the most hope-filled word, I know. But sometimes, it is all we can do. It was hard not to draw correlations between the death of 16-year-old Robert Dentmond

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A Prayer for Gainesville

Like many of you, I’ve been heartbroken this week. It is hard to imagine Easter arriving by Sunday, but I was also reminded that heartbreak is our natural companion during Holy Week. Any words I could offer feel inadequate, but silence too seems insufficient. I was reading the traditional seven

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Helping God Think

In the fall we completed an All-Church Survey that helped to discern three priorities the congregation has for the direction of our life together over the next three years. Those priorities named by UCG respondents to the Survey had to do with justice action around race, poverty, and the environment;

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“An ABCD”

This past Sunday I preached about the greatest birthday gift I ever gave myself. It was when I turned 40 years old, and I knew I wanted to do something epic. So I asked all of my friends the whole world over to, if they were so inspired, make me

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Sacred Space

I have started taking the long way to get places. I don’t go too far off course, but if I can head a couple blocks in the wrong direction before I loop back toward home or the office, I’ll do it. Since adding a baby to my life, it can

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352 Walls

Over the past many months, artists from around the world have been transforming our city walls into giant works of art here in Gainesville, Florida. 352walls has transformed many of our downtown buildings into eye-catching, mind blowing and head scratching murals that have done much to inspire the imagination and

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Thank You!

Over the last few months I’ve been acutely awake to and aware of a phenomenon that is ever-present in my life–the goodness and dedication of volunteers. Here at UCG, Andy, Vince, and I have the privilege of working as resource ministers with various boards or committees that meet regularly and

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Re-gifted

A fond memory I have of my young adulthood was when I got my first job. For the first time I could give my family and friends a Christmas gift I’d paid for with my own money. It felt empowering to give when I was so accustomed to receiving. As

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