Thank you to everyone who attended the May 22 Annual Meeting of the congregation! We elected leaders, approved the 2022-23 budget, and endorsed the work of the 8th Principle Project. We invite you to review the UUCM Annual Report, where our Board President, Minister and each UUCM ministry team shares a brief summary of their work over the year. Our gratitude goes out to everyone who helped our shared ministry and community to thrive.
We invite you to review the UUCM Annual Report, where our Board President, Minister and each UUCM ministry team shares a brief summary of their work over the year.
The Annual Meeting of the UUCM Members, as outlined in the UUCM By-Laws, was held on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 11:30am. The meeting was held both in-person at the church, and online via Zoom.
Each month, a member of the board will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme. The theme for May is Nurturing Beauty. This month’s post is offered by Janna Sperry Sundby.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” –Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Reviewing this quote made me pause. I recently and unexpectantly lost a dear friend. He was beautiful and I did not know he was suffering.
He was a talented designer, developer, film maker, guitarist, singer, a joyous friend, a good cook, and great father. I hired him to create my first website back in 2000. He was thoughtful in helping me understand the process and I subsequently hired him to work with on websites for my clients. He could be loud, loved to use foul language, and loved his home country of Madrid Spain. Continue reading →
Fred Hulting, Board President
The UUA is currently reimagining Article II of its By-Laws. This is the article that contains the formal statement of our seven UU principles. As part of this effort, the Article II Commission is seeking to include stronger language on anti-racism and anti-oppression. UUCM has an opportunity to engage and influence this work, consistent with our stated commitment to anti-racism and the actions that have been led by our Racial Justice Team. Continue reading →
Each month, a member of the board will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme and the state of the church. The theme for April is Awakening. This month’s post is offered by Jeff Adrian.
The movie “Dad” from 1989 stars Jack Lemmon as a retired man who has lived a very monotonous life as a factory worker raising a family. There’s a much more complicated back story, but his son (played by Ted Danson) has to come home to take care of him when Mom (Olympia Dukakis) has to be in the hospital. Through some life changes and a diagnosis of cancer, Dad decides to start living life. The specific line I remember him saying to his wife, “You know what I realized? We don’t speak Japanese!” And then he proceeding to have them learn Japanese. It’s a very good movie.
This bit from the movie is my “awakening” moment to stick my head up from the busyness and routines of daily life, to take a look around and enjoy things. Otherwise life will just pass me by. Continue reading →