As Passover commemorates the journey into freedom, and Easter celebrates the triumph of new life emerging, we enter a time of new beginnings, returning from isolation into community, a time to re-create who we are in hope and possibility.
Speaker: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Our congregational covenant – our agreement for how we will live together in community – is founded on the values we share, and on our commitment to bring our values into everything we do together. Our shared values help us find the commonality in our diversity, and to build bridges between our divisions. Today we explore the values that were identified in the Listening Circles in March, and prepare for a new round of Circles to explore how we live into those values to create a vibrant covenantal church community.
The art of leadership calls us into balance — the balance of heart and mind, of being and doing, of compassion and clarity, and an enduring commitment to the common good. Members of the UUCCH Leadership Development and Nominating Committee share their thoughts on balanced leadership, in ongoing support of UUCCH and its mission in the world.
The Spring Equinox is a time of hope rising, as we reach the balance point and make our entry into the season of long daylight and warm temperatures. What does hope mean in our time, and how do we balance on the turning point and shift into something new?
Unitarian Universalists are united in our faith by covenant. an intentional agreement for how we create community in peace and mutual respect. We build positive relationship by listening and understanding each other. The listening circles during March will identify the shared values that form the basis for covenantal relationship in this church, part of a covenant renewal process that will unfold during the coming months. All are welcome and encouraged to participate!
February is the shortest month of the calendar year, and yet sometimes it seems to go on and on and on. What is it about the nature of our experience, our hopes and our fears, that bends our perception of time? How can we live in the flow of hours and days to bring joy and gratitude into every moment?
Presidents Day celebrates George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as leaders revered in our nation’s heritage. We know these men were human, imperfect as are we all, and so we are called in our time to acknowledge their shortcomings, and to celebrate the positive influences they brought to the world. How do we choose our exemplars, and how do we balance our understanding of human imperfection with the gifts that have created the world that is now ours to shape for the future?
There are so many varieties of love – Philia, Pragma, Storge, Eros, Ludus, Mania, Philautia, Agape. We proclaim to be a faith centered in the spirit of love — what does that really mean, and how do we make it real among us and in the world?
The spring season is ushered in by the Pagan celebration of Imbolc, marking the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Celebrating the pagan goddess Brigid, Goddess of fire, healing and fertility, at Imbolc life quickens beneath the surface, as the seeds of rebirth germinate in the dark. Let us reflect in this time on our own regeneration, as we find new hope in the promise of Spring.
Although hearing is the first sense we develop, even before we are born, listening and connecting by really hearing the deep truth of another person is a skill we cultivate through our lifetimes. Let us explore the various ways we listen, how our hearing can deepen connection, and how together in our listening and hearing we bring our creative power to the world.