• 18 August Minister Moment - It’s August and it is rainy. The good news is that the hurricane went offshore, though it brought with it lots of hot, yecchy weather. August is a good month to enjoy Air Conditioning — invented in 1902 by Willis Carrier… and not common when our UCN building was constructed. The invention was, according to … Continued
  • 11 Aug Minister Moment - “We Cannot Have the Extraordinary Without The Ordinary” – P. L. Travers This has been a very long work week for me, though I have not been at UCN. Susie Gullixson, Brian Brennan and I, along with eight other members of the Coastal Virginia UU’s have just completed a “Leadership Experience” in central Virginia. The five-night residential … Continued
  • 4 Aug Minister Moment - The Parable of the Basketballs In southern Illinois the attitude is very midwest, but the weather is not. In one of its small towns there was a street, a street with families living along it. A street with a turn-around at the end. A street with a basketball hoop. Once the summer heat had ended, … Continued
  • 28 July Minister Moment - Just a few short things here. First, if you are traveling this summer, why not stop in on Sunday at the local UU congregation? Many love visitors… just as we love visitors. Some are tiny meetings with only a dozen folks in the summer (and some take the Summer off.) You might also find, in some vacation areas that … Continued
  • 21 July Minister Moment - “How’s your mama?” We were told that even folks you don’t know in New Orleans will ask this in the supermarket check-out line. It is part of their culture to be inquisitive, to invite sharing of responses beyong “just fine” with other community members, and certainly in pre-air conditioning New Orleans, everyone would sit on … Continued
  • 14 July Minister Moment - Last Sunday I gave my first of two summer sermons. The summer here at UCN is a time for members and guest speakers to comment on a particular topic – this year the topic is “growth.” And this coming Sunday my friend and colleague, Walter Clark, will be speaking on a “growth event” from 50 … Continued
  • 7 July Minister Moment - Happy July. Happy Lazy, Hazy, and maybe a little Crazy summer. Happy traffic jams at the beach and mosquitoes around the campfire. Happy backyard conversations. Happy visits to a friend in hospital, or reconnecting by phone.  Happy time alone. Happy summer reading. Happy working air conditioning, and happy inviting friends over when their AC dies. … Continued
  • 30 June Minister Moment - I’m on vacation this week. Last week was incredible. Our congregation sent delegates to General Assembly in New Orleans. New Orleans responded by giving us Tropical Storm Cindy and then hot humid weather. The storm played havoc with travel plans, and many folks had their flights canceled: some never made it to the UUA General … Continued
  • 23 June Minister Moment - Greetings from New Orleans. This week is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly, being held this year in New Orleans. I’ve been at the Ministers’ Meeting since Monday and there have also been national gatherings for Religious Educators and for Administrators. The big news is, of course, Tropical Storm Cindy, which has made New … Continued
  • 16 June Minister Moment - Come Sunday — it’s Father’s Day. Come hear the voices of fathers, the voices of children and the voices of community. We will have our first Baby Blessing of the year. We will give our UCN Banner its last send off to General Assembly. The Choir will sing about Lovingkindness and Love and we might even … Continued