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Finding Our Way Home

Finding Our Way Home

Rev. María Cristina

Beloveds,
Last week I was blessed to participate in the UUA’s annual Finding Our Way Home (FOWH) gathering in Miami. Finding Our Way Home is an annual retreat hosted by the UUA for Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color. It offers community building, spiritual reflection, and collegial support while connecting participants with local community organizations as partners in service, witness, and advocacy.
This UUA-sponsored retreat welcomes UU religious … Read the rest

Prayer for Travelers

Our theme for March is “journeys.” Here is a prayer for travelers – all of us!

 

PRAYER FOR TRAVELERS / ORACION PARA LOS VIAJEROS

By Angela Herrera, Senior Minister at First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico

In English

This is a prayer for all the travelers.
For the ones who start out in beauty,
who fall from grace,
who step gingerly,
looking for the way back.
And for those who are born into … Read the rest

RE Reflections – December 2018

Keeping the flame of multigenerational cooperation burning bright 

Since the beginning of the church year we been working well together to include all ages in our community activities.   We started the year off with a fun family picnic.  We held monthly multigenerational worship services where children have been an active part of the worship services.  We joined together with the Peace & Justice Action committee to support Kids Against Hunger.  And our technology experts have … Read the rest

Minster’s Blog – December 2018

Beloveds, 

 

From UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray 

“We must not turn away. 

These are the days we are living in. Days that force us to consider how we combat the cruelty that would disperse tear gas (a chemical weapon banned in war) at children and parents, at refugees and migrants? How do we build more pathways of love and peace in this world? Where can we bring our broken hearts, our aching, doubting, exhausted spirits? … Read the rest

Love Knows No Borders

     This past Monday December 10, on Human Rights Day, I joined over 400 clergy from various faith traditions at the San Diego/Tijuana border to denounce the militarization of the border and calling for human rights and dignity for all people seeking asylum and refuge.
     We were there as an act of resistance against the current administration’s inhumane immigration policies and in solidarity with migrants, who have a right under international law to seek asylum, but … Read the rest

Engaging the Wider Community

The mission of our communications committee is to inform and engage our congregation and the wider community in a way that reflects our shared principles and passions.

I think we can all agree that having greeters at the door on Sunday is important in helping everyone feel our warmth as soon as they approach us. The website and social media should serve the same purpose. They are quite often the first point of contact for … Read the rest

RE Reflections – October 2018

In September, we experienced our first Multigenerational service of the new church year, the water communion.  We spent a good deal of time reflecting on our Vision for ourselves as Unitarian Universalists.  We acknowledged that we are seekers, looking for truth and meaning wherever we can find it.  We can find the “truth” when we look within ourselves and listen the sound of our inner wisdom.  We can find answers from sources outside ourselves in … Read the rest

Minister’s Blog – October 2018

Beloveds,

Our Mission statement describes us as a welcoming congregation. Being welcoming means striving for radical inclusion, and creating spaces that honor every part of our identities, backgrounds, and experiences. The spiritual practice of welcome is a very important one to our faith community.

In the 1980s and 90s, when the word “welcoming” became a code word for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, the Unitarian Universalist Association launched a Welcoming Congregation Program to help us … Read the rest

RE Reflections – June 2018

SUMMER TRANSITIONS

As the end of the church year draws near, Reverend Maria Cristina and I are preparing for our leave.  I am off from June 15 to August 15.  Rev. Maria Cristina will be out in July for vacation and part of August for study leave.  The new church year will begin on September 9, 2018, when Rev. Maria Cristina officially returns to the pulpit.

The church will remain open during the summer and … Read the rest

RE Reflections – May 2018

Theme: Feminism

Tradition: Islam

When I think about Islam and feminism, the role model who springs to mind is Malala Yousafzai. She is a brave and inspirational young woman who dared to speak up for Islamic girls’ right to education, and nearly lost her life for speaking her truth.Taliban extremists took over her town in Pakistan and began to terrorize its citizens by blowing up schools and threatening those who spoke out in defense of … Read the rest