So much is good and healthy at UUCB.
Good strong leaders serve on our Board of Trustees, our Coordinating Team, and chair committees and task forces.
Merrin Clough’s organizational skills and religious presence are bringing consistency and depth to the programs of religious education and family ministry. She is building relationships that will be on-going with the children, youth, parents, and teachers, and linking R.E. to the whole congregation.
As you have heard, the two of us are retiring from our ministry with UUCB this June. It is not easy for us to leave you. We have ministered here with you for 18 years. You are in our hearts and always will be.
We feel so grateful for our lives with you. We give thanks for our life’s work of working with words to make meaning and magic, of working with people, encouraging their possibilities—a life of worship, music, poetry and dance; of welcoming babies, wedding couples, lifting up the essence of lives in memorial services, and being with groups of people in laughter and tears; of people speaking what they know and listening to one another, young and old taking action together for the common good, sitting at bedsides, and being with family members as they say goodbyes. So many times, we’ve experienced church members and staff members speak the words that need to be spoken, do what needs to be done, and be with one another in ways that touch our hearts and bring tears to our eyes. What a gift.
In her Journal At 70, May Sarton wrote, “I sense that we may be newborn spirits at any moment in time, if we have the courage.”
Courage to each and all of us for who knows what the New Year will hold. Grace, be with us as we make our way. May we find beauty and love, perhaps in unexpected places. And may we give thanks for one another.
Since summer, you have raised over1 million dollars!! You are taking care of the great resources of this building and of its magnificent organ. As you gave, you have reminded one another of the importance of this church in your lives. You have committed to a church for yourselves and for those still to come.
The holidays are a time of a mixture of feelings—anticipation, joy, loneliness, connection, busy-ness, exhaustion, cynicism, commercialism, calm, love, and more. Practicing gratitude increases the possibilities for feelings of connections and joy. We give thanks for this community, the warm greetings, the deep sharing, the encouragement for all of us to be our best selves, the beautiful music, the hard-working staff, the dedicated lay leaders, the community of all ages, and the connections and actions with the larger community. Thank you for being part of the life of UUCB. May the gatherings of this community this month bring meaning and warmth to you.
Like an Advent calendar, we offer you these simple daily messages.
We’re going to print this out and keep it on our dining room table to make reading it part of our daily practice.
Treasures! Where do you seek them? Where do you find them?
Once upon a time in Cracow there lived a woman.
One night, she had a strange dream. She saw herself in Prague, the distant capital, standing under the bridge that spanned the river, just next to the king's palace. In the dream she was told a treasure was buried at this spot.
She had the same dream three times.
Finally she made the long trip to Prague. She recognized the palace and the bridge from her dream. She saw the spot where she’d been told treasure was buried. Soldiers were guarding the bridge. What could she do?
She walked back and forth, back and forth. The soldiers spotted her and asked what she was doing. She told them the dream. The soldiers laughed. "As for myself," one of them said with a laugh, "I dreamed there was a treasure buried in Cracow, under the chimney in an old woman’s home!”
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