Sharing a Part of Yourself

Mother and Son CC0

By the Rev. Sara Goodman When I was small my parents divorced, and I learned that it was easier on my family if I was easygoing and agreeable, and I learned that I was being a good person by letting others get their way and ignoring my own inner voice. I’ve worked hard through my […]

Special Welcome Mats

Pride Welcome Mat

By Lynne Jacoby, Membership Development Coordinator Years ago when my parent’s little Congregational church in Vermont was struggling to become a ‘Welcoming and Affirming Congregation’ my parents came down on different sides of the issue. My mom (who my wife used to point out was a fierce protector of her children) was disgusted the community […]

Meaningful Connections: Literacy Services of Wisconsin

By Cheryl Butterfield Two days a week I tutor English as a second language to immigrants at Literacy Services of Wisconsin. It has possibly been the most rewarding experience of my life. The students provide the interest, intelligence, and drive that they need to succeed, while I provide that little lift to overcome the barriers […]

I am Here 

Earth Hands

I am here because as climate change effects roll out, they are going to hit the most vulnerable among us first and they already are. I am here because we know that 2016 was a record year and before that, 2015 was a record year and before that, 2014 was a record year. And I […]

Words on the Wind

Night Sky

The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom Oh, dear ones. We are entering the holiday season, always complicated, in the midst of post-election grief. I notice anxiety, anger, and sorrow tick-tocking its way through my own body as it also moves through the body politic. The Sufi teacher and poet Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi wrote, Being fully present to […]

Mission trip reflections – By Mary Ann Aiken

This year I went on my second mission trip. As a youth group, we really put in a lot of hard work to raise money for the trip, so I want to thank the congregation for participating in our events and buying bagels at coffee hour! With your help, this year’s trip was an amazing […]

Post-Election Processing

Jennifer Nordstrom, Senior Minister

By the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom I am so grateful to all the members of our congregation and the community who joined us for the post-election ritual and processing on Wednesday, Nov 9. It was an important night for us to gather together. We were in different stages of grief: some folks were in shock; some […]

Dedication of Parents and Children: November 20, 2016

A Dedication of Parents and Children is scheduled for our Thanksgiving service. This simple ceremony is the UU version of the traditional Christian “baptism” or “christening,” though the meanings we attach to it are significantly different. Dedications are available only to church members. If you are interested in having your child dedicated on November 20, […]