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by Charlotte Carl-Mitchell

Some interesting facts about our past board presidents:

Milton J. Shear was our very first board president in 1947. In a letter to the editor in the Arizona Republic in 1948, at the height of McCarthyism, he challenged the idea that one country or party … read more.

To the Future

To the Future

Can we go back to the Future?

Can we go forward to the Future?

Is the Future ours to behold, to control or to vanquish?

Is the Future ours at All?

Does the Future belong to anyone?

Or is the Future like Life, a Riddle and a Mystery?

Yes, … read more.

The Wind in Both Ears

I have always enjoyed peeking around the corner to see what I might discover, imagining what might be coming next, relishing the experience of waiting and the time of preparation.  I vividly remember a childhood experience when my parents had planned an exciting vacation trip … read more.

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.


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 meditator. I did not plan to become a meditator, 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 hard … read more.