Jonalu’s Journal – December 2017

We’re in the midst of what has come to be known as “the holiday season,” sometime between Thanksgiving and New Years. Perhaps no time of year brings higher expectations and anxiety. Some of the expectations come from outside ourselves–the in-laws who want to include you on “the” day, the children with their list of presents, the work place parties that feel required, whether they are […]

Holiday Crafts

Join us on Sunday, December 3 as classes combine and Dan and Kathy Swenson share their artistic talents as we make a variety of Christmas crafts and ornaments. Parents are encouraged to join us after the service and create with their children since there won’t be a Saturday craft day this year. Bring a sack lunch and stay late (or have some of the provided […]

December 2017

Classes In December students join together for some Christmas fun.

December 3: Dan and Kathy Swenson share their artistic talents as we make a variety of Christmas crafts. Parents are encouraged to join us after the service and create with their children since there won’t be a Saturday craft day this year.

December 10 & 17: Carolyn Ferguson shares her knowledge of Christmas carols. Did […]

Abundance of Glitter

Here are the beautiful giving jars we created as we kick off our Guest at Your Table project. Find out more on Sunday!

Lament on the Mass Shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX

I hate that I’m writing this. I hate that I feel like I have to.

The unthinkable has become routine. Mass shootings occur so frequently that we hardly even let them into our consciousness. Which is tragic. We have witnessed too many family members and friends crying at the site of deadly mayhem. We have lit too many candles. Spoken of thoughts and prayers too […]

Jonalu’s Journal – November 2017

The deaths of armed service members in Niger brought to light the military presence of our nation in an unexpected place. When I noted to a group of local people, “We don’t even know–our Senate Armed Services Committee doesn’t even know–where we are militarily involved,” the response from one person was, “The question may be where we are not militarily involved.”

The prophet Jeremiah, when […]

November 2017

CLASSES Students continue to enjoy explorations of Unitarian Universalism and our seven principles. A big thank you to all the folks we’ve had in the classrooms so far this fall… Molly McGaughey, Rev. Jonalu Johnstone, Scott Tanona, Austin Roberts, Katherine Colburn, Carolyn Ferguson, and Michelle Hill. Having all these new faces allows our students to interact with UUFM adults in a whole new way. (And […]

Law Board Testimony

Here is what I said to the Riley County Law Board (the group that oversees the Riley County Police Department) as a part of the testimony by the Coalition for Equal Justice on Monday, October 16:

On behalf of the Coalition for Equal Justice, I want to thank the Law Board for your patience and willingness to hear what we have to say.

I want […]

Join the Peace Movement

Two workshops that may be of interest to our youth – October 21: Calling All Peace Warriors (9th-12th graders) Are you one of those teens or do you know a teen who hears the call to step up and stand for peace? Now is the time to answer that call. The world needs us, all of us, to be the peace we want to see […]

Audio Archive, Oct. 1 — Courage to Go Deep: Leaning into Vulnerability

Traditionally, we see courage as an outward virtue — facing down foes, defending challenged principles. First, though, there must be a center from rise. The first step in courage is facing our vulnerabilities, so our courage is not bravado or ego, but we are acting out of our full authentic selves. How do we face our real helplessness and liabilities in order to grow […]