Category: Blog Posts

A Reflection on Connections

In my ministerial, pastoral and leadership role, I find myself thinking often about connections in various ways – the quality of connectedness among the members of congregation, connections across ages and stages of life, across cultures, across interests and core commitments.  What are the ways … read more.

A Welcoming to Inclusion

Hello my name is… Jonny Lifshitz. I use the male pronouns of he, him, his.

When my wife Carrie and I first attended Unitarian Universalist services 15 years ago, we were warmly welcomed by smiling faces, each with name tags around their necks. To me, this … read more.

Inspiration

I have a clear vision of what a Unitarian Universalist congregation should mean to its members; what it should offer and provide to those who are part of its extended community. The core of that vision is the congregation as a “learning laboratory” – a … read more.

Leadership is not a Kayak

When I think of leadership, I think of a person in charge. Yet, to be in charge implies there is someone to be in charge of-and I believe that starts with one’s self. When I looked up leadership, Webster defined it as, “the action of … read more.

Peace, Trust and Letting Go

Many years ago, I became a mediator. I did not plan to become a mediator, or even really want to – I was one of those intense rational types who believe that if something is worth doing, it worth doing with a lot of … read more.

We Shall Overcome

Democracy, our worship theme for November, is a system of government “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” as the old quote goes. Democratic governments require people to work together. And we have work to do together. Beyond governing ourselves and resolving … read more.

Are we a “Safe Congregation”?

Did you know that you are a member of our Safe Congregation Ministry, by virtue of your membership at UUCP?  Congratulations!  In order to have a strong safety culture, everyone  needs to feel responsible for safety and pursue it on a daily basis.  It’s not … read more.

Democracy & Justice

Our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition is grounded in our shared values and commitments, expressed in the seven principles that were first written over 30 years ago, and have been democratically adopted by the approximately 1,000 member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Each and all … read more.

Democracy, Through My Eyes

When I first heard, years ago, that the word “Democracy” was nowhere in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, I was startled. Surely, this was not true. Our government is a Democracy! But true it is. As it turns out, our Founders actually feared … read more.

Democracy & Stewardship: Rising or Falling?

by Bunny Hodas

Part of me feels like I’m having a Faith Crisis. I’ve been feeling unheard and discounted. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in these feelings. What I know is that I can’t control or change anyone except myself. I also know that my … read more.