Stewardship Moment: Time, Talent, and Treasure

By Tony Panciera, Stewardship Council Chair December always brings familiar memories – snow, holidays, family, food, and gifts to name a few. During the past month, I have been reflecting a lot on my own life and the abundance of gifts within it. In Stewardship, we often consider gifts through lenses of time, talent, and […]

Holiday Giving Tree & Winter Clothing Drive Begin Nov. 26

Two holiday mittens

Holiday Giving Tree: This holiday season the Children’s Religious Education program leaders will once again be teaming up with a local organization to provide gifts for families in need. In the past, we have had requests for new items such as toys/games, sweaters, shirts, art supplies, and small denomination gift cards, but we will issue […]

Blessings before a Meal – Ideas for UUs and Others

Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education

Grace for Unitarian Universalists. By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. As Thanksgiving approaches, UU families often consider blessings that might be said before a meal. Here are a few of my favorites, including some from the Children’s Religious Education team:   “For the food before us, the family (and friends) beside us, and the […]

When I Think of Abundance . . .

Lynne Jacoby

(Post by Lynne Jacoby, Membership Development Coordinator.)   When I think of abundance I think of humbleness, generosity, joy, and Joe. Joe was a housemate of mine who would often ask the question, “We’re lucky, aren’t we?” — out of the blue if the conversation had gone quiet around the dinner table, walking our way […]

REflections for November – Beryl Aschenberg

Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education

REflections.  By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart Several years ago, following advice found in Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance, I started to keep a gratitude journal. Each night I write down five […]

Words on the Wind: Abundance


By the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom. In our Worship Associate conversation about abundance, our November theme, Robert Szymanski asked the provocative question, “What is ‘enough’?” Since then, I have been thinking about abundance and scarcity, in the context of enough. There are the basic needs baselines of enough: clean water, healthy food, shelter, heat, and medical […]


By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education I remember my first visit to a Unitarian Universalist church. Just taking the step to walk into a “church” felt courageous to me. I had grown up Jewish, married a Catholic, and felt like an agnostic. I wanted my children to have the opportunity to experience the richness […]

Membership Musings: Let Them Be Awkward!

By Lynne Jacoby, Membership Development Coordinator I didn’t have much to say about courage until I remembered an essay by Marilynne Robinson where she noted that for a culture that reveres physical courage, we sure have a destructive habit of ridiculing social courage. This reminded me of a high-school teacher I know who rails against […]