Posts by Victoria

October – From the Minister

from “Remember Who You Are” Sermon on the Ordination of the Rev. Laura Smidzik September 19, 2015 As religious people we’re called to sacred patience and at the same time to a holy impatience; to quiet and disquietude; to the radical stillness of cupped hands and also to the clamor of raised voices shattering all silences. As religious people, we dwell within a glad and awkward paradox: action and reflection, say the liberation theologians; ora et labora, prayer and work, say the Benedictines; waking and sleeping, says the rising of the sun and then its going down. Love till you’ve...

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September – From the Minister

Most of us have come to this place, and to Unitarian Universalism, from some other point of origin. Children may be rooted from their birth here, but we adults come stomping the dirt from our travelling shoes. We fling ourselves down and say we’re so glad to be at home at last, even though it is a brand new place for us. It is not the house we grew up in. Nor do we enter empty-handed. Each of us comes carrying a cup, a plate, a prayer, a hole in their pocket or their heart where their riches used to be; some come with abundance to share. Our memories come in with us. We come with all sorts...

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August – From the Minister

I’ve been watching the images from Pluto this month, and thinking about distance and proximity, the spaces between planets, and coherence. What holds things in their orbits? What makes a group of planets (and their sun and moons, and moods, their quirks and quarks) a solar system, not just a random bunch of big orbs in the sky? What holds us in our orbits, binding us across our differences, our strangeness, loneliness, distractions, into a community, a congregation, and not just a random bunch of people passing through? We’re held by covenant: the promises we make to one another, but...

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July – From the Minister

July – From the Minister

An Invitation to Beloved Conversations In June, I bought these buttons as a gift for our congregation.  In two weeks, we distributed over 500 buttons, and I have just ordered more.   I invite you to take one, and to wear it over the summer, as often as you will, as often as you can. Pay attention to the conversations that open up around your button. Watch not only other people, but your own interior reactions. Takes notes and write to me this summer.   [ vsafford@wbuuc.org   651.587.8481 ] Tell me how it’s going. If you wear your button, tell me what that feels like.   If you...

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May – From the Minister

Save the Date! The Annual Meeting is a throw-back, a remnant of a simpler time when it was still possible to imagine governing a congregation—or any other complex institution—in person, voting with a literal show of literal hands, discussing and debating and applauding what deeply matters in a community face-to-face and heart-to-heart, when showing up was a sign not only of one’s own agency and self-interest, but a real sign, too, of caring for the institution and the people in it, a sign of caring and respect. In New England, many towns still are governed in this way: the citizens who...

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