Reverends Reflections

Friday, 03 April 2015 00:00

The Reverend's Reflections - April 2015

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 We are welcoming many more people at our Sunday services. Members are returning and many are checking UUFCO out and getting to know us. It's an experience! Joyful and demanding at the same time - like having triplets! It’s a privilege to share our loving home and a challenge to stretch our embrace to fold everybody in. A common thread is that we are ALL experiencing something new. First timers are taking a risk simply to come through the door and open themselves to the community. It's a very vulnerable moment for them. Long timers are more spread out from…
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 00:00

The Reverend's Reflections - March 2015

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  It’s March. The monumental and much-anticipated move to the New Home has happened. The building has exceeded our expectations even with some details still being finished up. January and February were months of heightened activity, energy and emotions as we made many transitions and we heard the visa application was approved. Last Sunday UUFCO was featured in the Bend Bulletin. As minister and involved in many of the Fellowship’s affairs, the pace has been dizzying. Functioning at a distance doesn’t seem to make navigating the changes any less intense!
Saturday, 31 January 2015 00:00

The Reverend's Reflections - February 2015

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You who are parents may remember how you left home one day as your normal self, and came home another day as a parent. You were still the same person, with the same siblings, the same job, the same home, but the new addition of a baby changed the balance of your life, instantly and even more over time. In the beginning, ‘parenting’ involves attending to simple needs: safety, the practicalities of feeding and changing diapers, finding rhythms and shaping schedules, getting new equipment, learning the sound of different kinds of crying and what they mean, having visits with the…
Saturday, 03 January 2015 00:00

The Reverend's Reflections - January 2015

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Happy New Year to you! Now that the holidays are winding down, we can clear the decks and start fresh with our new projects, new goals, and new resolutions. It's also the time when we can trip ourselves up, setting high expectations in the hopes of meeting some ideal: becoming a paragon of fitness, a model parent, or never doing (fill in the blank) again.
Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

The Reverend's Reflections - December 2014

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There’s nothing like an early shot of winter to kick the Christmas spirit into gear, or at least to get us thinking about the holidays, whether Christmas, Hanukah, Solstice. In our northern setting, the cold and the dark send us indoors to light candles, feast, and to take time to celebrate the mystery and the gift of life.
Friday, 31 October 2014 00:00

The Reverend's Reflections - November 2014

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We use the word leadership often in UU circles. It used to be that the word referred to positions of responsibility like Board member or committee member, a position in the congregation’s structure. More and more I find we are using the word leadership when we mean something different, not limited to these official roles. Maybe it’s committing to a spiritual practice, eating healthier, improving your relationships, or focusing your priorities, but making a change in how you live your values is leadership. Most people who step up to an official role in the congregation aren’t aiming to be leaders.…
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

The Reverend's Reflections - October 2014

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There is much love in this congregation and it was on display through September as people helped one another, reached out or responded to calls for support. Thank you to all who have made a meal, given a ride, helped someone move or spent time at Project Connect or Bethlehem Inn in the past couple of months. Several recipients have told me how much it meant to them, and as the minister I see a difference in the morale of people who feel they’re cared for and people who feel alone.
Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00

The Reverend's Reflections - September 2014

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I’ve been thinking about time lately. August often brings me thoughts about time. There have been only a few years of my life that I haven’t started a school year or church year in September, and so it still carries a strong aura of new beginning for me. In Canada, the days are shorter and cooler, signaling a return to indoor life and the stormier seasons ahead. This summer I’ve felt many layers of time piled on one another as the rhythm of my life begins to sync with the patterns and plans of life at UUFCO, withdrawing from life…
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