Minister’s Blog

New Pastoral Associates Team

Mar 26th, 2014 • Category: Minister's Blog, News & Events

Here at UUCWC we work to create community—a welcoming, caring community that encourages and sustains all who enter our doors. The new Pastoral Associates Team extends the efforts of our Minister and Caring Ministry. Pastoral Associates Kathy Frey, MJ Hansen, Lynn Hanson, Nancy Reyes-Svarcbergs, and Judy Rogers will work closely with Rev. Jennifer Brooks to […]

Higher Ground—Rev. Jennifer Brooks

Feb 12th, 2014 • Category: Minister's Blog, News & Events

There we were, five UUs from the Unitarian Universalist Church in Washington Crossing, standing among 1,500 other UUs from all over the nation, ready to march in Raleigh NC on Feb. 8 along with 80,000 others who showed up to support justice and democracy. Judith MacLaury, Connie Rafle, Peter Rafle, and Mike Wilson had traveled […]

Celebrate Marriage Equality – UUCWC Open for Same-Sex Weddings on October 21 & 27

Oct 20th, 2013 • Category: Committee News, Council for Faith in Action, Minister's Blog, News & Events, Standing on the Side of Love

Same-sex couples of any faith seeking a faith-based marriage ceremony may come to the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing, which will be open on Monday, October 21 with a wedding officiant standing by. Couples who already are in domestic partnerships or civil unions, who would like their wedding vows solemnized by a minister, are […]

Congratulations, Lou!

Sep 26th, 2013 • Category: Minister's Blog

Lou Csabay, who brings his human resources expertise to UUCWC as Chair of the Personnel Committee, has been chosen as regional UUA Compensation Consultant. The folks who do this work help UU congregations bring staff and minister compensation up to the UUA’s fair compensation guidelines. Lou was instrumental last year in the changes to staff […]

What do Unitarian Universalists Have in Common With the Amish?

Jul 3rd, 2013 • Category: Minister's Blog

Just before this year’s UUA General Assembly in Louisville, I joined about 600 other UU ministers for “Ministry Days.” As always, I learned new things. One was the latest information about growth and decline in organized religion. For a while now, it’s been clear that most mainstream religious groups are in a membership decline — […]

Celebrating Our UU ‘Community of Faith’

May 1st, 2013 • Category: Minister's Blog

People sometimes ask me why I refer to a UU congregation as a “community of faith.” They point out — quite reasonably — that even if some members would say their religious outlook involves faith, others are explicitly atheist. How, then, can a UU congregation be a community of faith? The leading UU humanist theologian, […]

April Showers

Apr 1st, 2013 • Category: Minister's Blog

It has always intrigued me that Geoffrey Chaucer praised “April, with his showers sweet… of which virtue engendered is the flower,” while T.S. Eliot condemned it as “the cruelest month… stirring dull roots with spring rain.” Setting aside for a moment the differences in what each poet was attempting, and the very different cultural contexts, […]

Heritage of the Heart

Mar 1st, 2013 • Category: Minister's Blog

Unitarian Universalism unites people of diverse theologies around universal shared values. That means we welcome people with different religious beliefs into one faith community. This radical, paradigm-shifting move is possible because one of our central tenets is the inherent worth of every human being. If we really believe that every person is important, then integrity […]

More Information on My “Shared History” Sermon

Feb 7th, 2013 • Category: Minister's Blog

My sermon on Feb. 3, “Shared History,” tells the story of African Prince Ibrahim Abd Ar-Rahman Jallo, second son of Sori the Great of the Futa Jallo people. Prince Ibrahim’s story, painstakingly extracted from newspaper accounts in the early 1800s, is told and thoroughly documented in a fascinating book by Professor Allan D. Austin, African […]

From the Beloved Community Toolkit: “Stakeholders”

Jan 29th, 2013 • Category: Minister's Blog

Fresh from the Board retreat on Jan. 13, and clutching a draft of UUCWC’s current organizational chart, I’m thrilled with this congregation’s commitment to building the “beloved community” here and everywhere. In this work, we are all stakeholders. Any person ever to affiliate with this congregation wants it to be that special place, a home […]