Intern’s Blog

Being Myself at Welcome Table Wednesdays

by Hannah Gallo, Ministerial Intern I entered the Crossings Room on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30pm to hear a cacophony – screams of joy from Wesley Snyder, uproarious laughter from Elliott Dunner, and lots of chatter from Mary and Linda. The hall was alive and I remarked to a table, “You all really like to … Continued

Life is About Loss

By Hannah Gallo, Ministerial Intern I remarked to my fiancee the other day that I missed some things about urban ministry–the immediacy of the need, the fact that people I’m serving are living on the street, or haven’t had a hot meal in a day, or struggling mightily to keep it all together. But in … Continued

Diving in at the Deep End

by Hannah Gallo, Ministerial Intern My first month at UUCWC has been an extraordinary experience.  While some might have expected the intern to dip her toes in, then wade, and finally submerge her head under, I’m taking somewhat of the opposite approach. I have started by diving in at the deep end and then slowly … Continued

In Gratitude

There is no way to truly thank and acknowledge all of the love and care I have received from UUCWC this year, but I want to hold up a deep gratitude for all of you. How does one say goodbye to a place and a people they have fallen in love with.  I understand why … Continued

The Ministry Journey

by Sue Flynn Many people think that in order to become a UU minister you just need to get your Masters of Divinity from a Seminary and then you are automatically ordained as a minster. All denominations have different requirements but it is now pretty standard to need a Masters of Divinity degree in order … Continued

Notes of a Chaplain

A few summers ago, I was working as a Chaplain at a Catholic hospital in Charleston South Carolina. We were all assigned floors of patients to check up on. The nun in charge of placing us took a while to discern where I should work but decided I should work in the building on campus … Continued

Farewell February

By Susan Flynn, Ministerial Intern February is a very unique month. It is the shortest month of the year and it often seems to feel longer than it actually is, I always wondered if it is due to the placement of February. Most of the major fall holidays come before it, winter is not finished … Continued

Curiosity Has Not Killed This Cat

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasons for existing.”  – Albert Einstein Thinking about living the UU theology, one of the pieces of being a part of the living tradition is the encouragement to have a questioning heart. The Fifth principle supports that All Voices Matter, and dissent is … Continued

The Winter Commute

by Sue Flynn, Ministerial Intern In the winter season, I always delight in the joy of appreciating the contrasts of light, temperature, and seasonal changes in the landscape. My commute to and from work has become an unusual practice of being in the moment, which has allowed for gratitude, awe, delight, and pause to accompany … Continued

UUCWC’s Gift for Community

Sue Flynn, Ministerial Intern As the year is coming to a close, I have been reflecting on the cultures of the spiritual communities I have engaged in.  I have been in several Unitarian Universalists communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Indiana and a guest in Quaker tradition at Meetings and schools in Indiana … Continued