The Passover journey recounts the history of a people seeking freedom from slavery, embarking on a transformative journey through the wilderness to arrive in a “promised land” to create a new way of being in community. So also may we seek to journey through the unknown to create beloved community that serves our mission in the world.
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Margret A. O'Neall
At this time of equinox, when the earth experiences day and night in equal measure, we explore the balance of our engagement and leadership in the congregation and in the world. Entering the time of growing light, how do we bring our our own light to this dynamic universe, growing always into who we might yet be?
The UUCCH staff members share the words they each chose for 2021 — a word that represents their goals and wishes, for themselves and for the world. May our words inspire you in your own journey toward hope, progress, reach and ease.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is Choose to Challenge. Women lead and engage the world, challenging systems of privilege and supremacy, advocating for and creating an inclusive world of justice for all. How will you choose to challenge?
The gifts of music can lift us above our daily cares, express the highs and lows of our emotions, and provide the soundscape that accompanies every facet of our lives. Making music together creates and deepens the bonds of love, sharing breath and tone, transcending the boundaries of space and time. Our UUCCH musicians share their love of music, a love that unites and supports us all.
In the spirit of love, the heart center of a faith community is the caring relationships we create and sustain. Caring includes accepting every member just as they are, encouraging all that we are becoming, and providing the connections that sustain us, especially in difficult times. Caring generates bonds of reciprocity, giving and receiving in a constant flow of exchange. Let us celebrate all the ways this community cares in the spirit of love.
Leadership is what love looks like in community. Leaders live into the qualities of vision, honesty and integrity, inspiration, communication, collaboration and challenge. Each of us does that in our own way, making our unique contribution to the wellbeing of the greater whole.
The arboretum at UUCCH was established nearly fifty years ago, and has seen remarkable evolution and change over the years. In this time of renewed commitment to our own little corner of the interdependent web of all existence, how do we cultivate and care for this space that nurtures our minds, bodies and spirits?
As this new year unfolds, we see signs of hope that we may emerge from a time of challenge and loss for ourselves, for our families, our community, our society and the world. What are the skills, the gifts, the commitments that can help us gain deeper understanding and reconciliation in our interdependent world?
This congregation has committed to live into the proposed 8th principle of Unitarian Universalism, working to accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions. The actions we take to honor Black lives, to right historic wrongs in our nation, call us to engage our minds, hearts and spirits to restore justice and wholeness for all.