• 15 September Minister Moment - Last weekend was fantastic.  A good crowd gathered at 809 S. Military Hwy to help clean up the landscaping at the new property. Clearing trees, limbs and discovering sections of parking lot under years of leaf accumulation occupied the squad of CVUU-ers. I came to mostly take pictures but managed to get poison ivy anyway. … Continued
  • 8 September Minister Moment - We need Community in times of stress! This Sunday we will create a bowl of water… water that comes from the lives of our community.  If you have gathered water from your travels, put a small amount (maybe an ounce) in a used water bottle, or jar, and put it where you can bring it … Continued
  • 1 Sept Minister Moment - I have been on study leave for the past week, visiting New Jersey and spending time thinking long-term. I am also having some repairs done to my house. I will be back after Labor Day. Have a good weekend. News from Texas of the flooding calls us into the spirit of sympathy. I’ve been away … Continued
  • 25 August Minister Moment - Monday there was an eclipse. It was an opportunity to celebrate a singular moment in time. You couldn’t say “I’ll go see it Tuesday” –  it was only there on Monday. “Where were you during the eclipse?” We each responded in our own way. I am an astronomy buff. I had to go. So I … Continued
  • 18 August Minister Moment - It’s August and it is rainy. The good news is that the hurricane went offshore, though it brought with it lots of hot, yecchy weather. August is a good month to enjoy Air Conditioning — invented in 1902 by Willis Carrier… and not common when our UCN building was constructed. The invention was, according to … Continued
  • 11 Aug Minister Moment - “We Cannot Have the Extraordinary Without The Ordinary” – P. L. Travers This has been a very long work week for me, though I have not been at UCN. Susie Gullixson, Brian Brennan and I, along with eight other members of the Coastal Virginia UU’s have just completed a “Leadership Experience” in central Virginia. The five-night residential … Continued
  • 4 Aug Minister Moment - The Parable of the Basketballs In southern Illinois the attitude is very midwest, but the weather is not. In one of its small towns there was a street, a street with families living along it. A street with a turn-around at the end. A street with a basketball hoop. Once the summer heat had ended, … Continued
  • 28 July Minister Moment - Just a few short things here. First, if you are traveling this summer, why not stop in on Sunday at the local UU congregation? Many love visitors… just as we love visitors. Some are tiny meetings with only a dozen folks in the summer (and some take the Summer off.) You might also find, in some vacation areas that … Continued
  • 21 July Minister Moment - “How’s your mama?” We were told that even folks you don’t know in New Orleans will ask this in the supermarket check-out line. It is part of their culture to be inquisitive, to invite sharing of responses beyong “just fine” with other community members, and certainly in pre-air conditioning New Orleans, everyone would sit on … Continued
  • 14 July Minister Moment - Last Sunday I gave my first of two summer sermons. The summer here at UCN is a time for members and guest speakers to comment on a particular topic – this year the topic is “growth.” And this coming Sunday my friend and colleague, Walter Clark, will be speaking on a “growth event” from 50 … Continued