Grace Notes

Grace Notes – March 2016

One of the best things congregations do is potluck suppers – everyone brings their best dish, the one that got raves, the one that is shockingly easy to make, the one that existed in cookbooks from times gone by. There is incredible diversity on the table (except for the one time everyone brought a green … Continued

Grace Notes – February 2016

A few people have asked me “so what is the process to become an ordained minister?” In a future column, I can talk more about the emotional, spiritual, and psychological preparations, mindset, and discernment, but for now, let’s look at some of the more mundane details. I promise it won’t be boring – and there’s … Continued

Grace Notes – January 2016

They say life is what happens when you’re making other plans. I can attest to the truth of it: the month hasn’t even started yet, and I can announce already that January will not be going as planned. In my plan, I had expected to start some new projects for the congregation – refocusing on … Continued

Grace Notes – December 2015

December is complex. So many holidays, so many opportunities for celebration, festivities, concerts and parties, decorations, giving, and connecting. As Unitarian Universalists, we don’t just celebrate Christmas, we celebrate Hanukkah, Solstice, and Kwanzaa. That’s a lot of togetherness, storytelling, and giving. But it’s also messy. As Unitarian Universalists, we don’t just get the Christmas Blues, … Continued

Grace Notes – November 2015

Thanksgiving mornings in my house always began the same way:  a slice of Mom’s coffee cake, warm from the oven, a big glass of orange juice, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on the television, and newspaper spread out on the dining room table so we could polish the silver.  The scents of cinnamon and tarnish … Continued

Grace Notes – October 2015

When we hear the phrase “spiritual practice” we often conjure an image in our heads of zen meditation, or yoga, or perhaps walking a labyrinth. Sometimes we broaden our image to saying the rosary, or praying at prescribed times. But what if I told you that spiritual practice could also look like gardening, or running, … Continued

Grace Notes – September 2015

Beginning the new church year is more than welcoming back summer travelers and starting up religious education – it’s a time for us to renew our covenant with one another in this covenantal faith. But what does that actually mean? Covenant, at its simplest, is a promise to be in relationship with one another. But … Continued

Grace Notes – August 2015

Happy August! It’s the hazy days of summer… lazy afternoons… tall glasses of iced tea… or we wish, anyway. Many of us are working hard, running around, getting ready for school to start, or for the church year to start, and at least one of us is moving. But we should take a clue from … Continued