Almost every week, I see something that reminds me that religious affiliation in the US is consistently and rapidly dropping. Nearly as many people identify as unaffiliated (22.8%) as Evangelical Protestant (25.4%), the largest group. Most who identify as “nones,” that is, having no religious … read more.
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This year’s UU General Assembly proclaimed and explored “the Power of We.” Each year we gather as representatives of congregations to shape the work of our Unitarian Universalist Association. This year, we took a step back to consider a larger perspective. Who are we together? … read more.
What does UUFM mean to you?
Here are some possible answers (no one of these will be true for everyone, but each is true for someone):
Place of inspiration and learning about myself and the world
Place where my children feel comfortable playing and making friends
Sense of knowing … read more.
On May 5, 1819, two hundred years ago, William Ellery Channing delivered an hour and a half long sermon on the Biblical text, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” The sermon did more than focus on the role of reason in religion, … read more.
In February, our theme was trust. Have you noticed how the themes move into one another? We went from trust, to journey in March and to wholeness for this month. We need trust to make the journey. We need to journey to reach wholeness. As … read more.
In the last year, UUFM has had a sudden uptick in membership. Currently, more than a quarter of our membership is new in the last year. That’s a tremendous amount of change for everyone.
This congregation does well with change. When we’ve experimented with how we … read more.
As we approach Valentines Day in this era of #metoo, trust may be a good thing to think about in our personal lives. We’ve witnessed tremendous violations of trust in the public sphere, and the reports just keep on coming.
For most us, though, trust doesn’t … read more.
Why would we think about doing things differently?
That’s the basic question whenever we begin looking at possibilities in our personal or congregational lives. You’ll see elsewhere in this newsletter that the Board has set January 20 as a congregational meeting to talk about exploring a … read more.
As I write, we still don’t know how many people were killed in the California wildfires, though more than a thousand are unaccounted for. Nor are the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire yet fully contained. Environmental devastation on this scale is hard to … read more.
As we move into the holiday season, many of us will be visiting with family who we don’t see routinely. And sometimes, there are tensions and even clashes. How do we get through them?
I came across a column by a colleague and friend, The Rev. … read more.