High Ropes

High Ropes

Last week, at the Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center, the Central Midwest Chapter of Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ held our retreat. We had shared meals, worship, workshops and lots of unstructured connecting time in the gorgeously autumnal woods in a spot above the Rock River. Some 

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

Long, long ago, in 1996, I went to my first General Assembly, the annual continental gathering of Unitarian Universalists, which that year was held in Indianapolis. I got there via an epic two day road trip with four other seminarians from Harvard Divinity School, and 

Dear UTUUC

Dear UTUUC

My time as your interim minister is rapidly coming to an end. My last day will be Sunday, June 11. I hope you can join us that day for a special goodbye service which will undoubtedly contain laughter and tears. It will be a chance 

Rest, Recharge and Restore —

Rest, Recharge and Restore —

I said it on Sunday, but It bears repeating that one of my favorite places is to be is behind the pulpit at Unity Temple looking out at the wonderful people of our gathered beloved community. It felt great to back there with so many 

Impossible Things & Wonderful Possibilities

Impossible Things & Wonderful Possibilities

There’s something about this time of year that always feels like it is full of possibilities. I know not everyone feels this way, but I am naturally oriented (through years of practice) towards thinking of September as a time of new beginnings. And thus, it 

Tending One’s Spirit

Tending One’s Spirit

For me, there’s something about gazing at the water out into the horizon. I don’t really understand it fully, but I can feel it somewhere in my soul or spirit—somewhere deep down, anyway—that there’s something that nourishes me and renews me in that view. I 

Quiet Shift

Quiet Shift

In our recent history, summer has been both a quieter time and a time of change for Unity  Temple. Quieter because worship attendance tends to slow down, we shift to all-ages  programming for our young people, and there are fewer regular meetings. Last summer, we weathered lots 

Life is Fragile

Life is Fragile

It’s gotten so I’m not sure what I would do without the morning (dog) walk to ground me and get me ready for the day. The quiet (or sometimes the podcasts) help me wake up to the world and myself. I read once somewhere, and 

Sorrow, Fear, Frustration and Hope

Sorrow, Fear, Frustration and Hope

I feel so much sorrow. Between what is happening in the world right now, combined with the UTUUC staffing changes and financial situation, there is just so much to be sad about. And to be scared about. I am guessing that many of you feel 

Big Feelings

Big Feelings

It was a few years into parenthood when I first heard the term “big feelings”. I loved it right away because it captures the way that sometimes little bodies and hearts and minds are filled with emotion, and kids don’t usually have the words or 

The Antidote to Despair is Action

The Antidote to Despair is Action

For the past six years, our son has attended the elementary school around the corner from our house. He started when he was  tiny pipsqueak of five and a half and now, at eleven, in his last days there, he is taller than me. Every 

Worth the Risk

Worth the Risk

I met my Irish friend Eibhlin (pronounced Ev-leen) Walsh in 2012. She was at Drew University as a Fulbright scholar who taught Irish language (Gaelic) to students. That was the year that hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Because students and staff needed to evacuate 

Telling the Story

Telling the Story

Chelle, one of my college roommates and dearest friends these past thirty years, was one of the first people I met on campus. She basically introduced me to John, my husband. She was someone I followed around because her smile and her personality embodied love 

The Middle of Our Epic

The Middle of Our Epic

During my Ph. D. studies (no, I didn’t finish) I studied the origins of the English novel. My advisor, a brilliant man, published a book while I worked with him. It showed how the structure of the great epics –The Iliad, The Odyssey, Paradise Lost,