• The Beauty of Community

    Nurturing Beauty by Rev. Suzelle Lynch Our community is filled with beauty! When you open the door to greet me, that’s where the beauty begins. When you share with me what’s important to you, beauty is there as I listen. When we join hands to practice compassion, beauty’s heart blooms like a flower. When we teach or learn or work ...

  • Awakening – from Rev. Sandra’s Study

    Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees, April 2022 You tell me to live each day / as if it were my last. / But why the last? I ask. Why not / live each day as if it were the first— / all raw astonishment, Eve rubbing / her eyes awake that first morning, / the sun coming ...

  • Embracing Faith

    The point is that in almost every instance of our lives we are, if we pay attention, in the midst of an almost constant, if subtle, caretaking. Holding open doors. Offering elbows at crosswalks. Letting someone else go first. Helping with the heavy bags… Pulling someone back to their feet. Stopping at the car wreck, ...

  • Widening the Circle

    I live my life in widening circles… I circle around God, around the primordial tower. I’ve been circling for thousands of years and I still don’t know: am I a falcon, a storm, or a great song? Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Joanna Macy This month we are considering what it would mean to live our lives in widening circles. I ...

  • The Art of Setting Intentions

    Here’s what I discovered. Intention is different from setting goals or resolutions in that it “pulls us into” who we truly are. Goals and resolutions “push us out” into future possibilities. To set intentions, we must listen to our inner voice which tells us who we truly are.                                                                    Katie Covey, Soul Matters Director ...

  • Opening to Joy

    From Sandra’s Study by Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return ...

  • To Hold and Make History Holy

    from Rev. Sandra’s Study The prophetic tasks of the church are to tell the truth in a society that lives in an illusion, grieve in a society that practices denial, and express hope in a society that lives in despair. Walter Brueggemann November marks a turning – a seasonal turning, a liturgical turning, and an emotional one. ...

  • Cultivating Relationships

    From Sandra’s Study, October 2021 What is it that gives you the power to make that change, to ask that question? What is it that says you have done well, that brings you to stillness, that holds you up in hard times? It is relationship, the beating heart of our faith. The Heart of Our Faith by Monica Jacobson-Tennessen Unitarian Universalism places relationship ...

  • Embracing Possibilities – Together

    There are lots of reasons I’m grateful to call Unitarian Universalism my spiritual home. One of them is that we have historically been people who looked around and saw potential. We saw the potential in each other, in community, in nature. We saw the potential for compassion, acceptance, religious diversity, equity, vulnerability, anti-racism, wonder, gratitude, ...

  • Celebration, Lament, Action – From Sandra’s Study

    Recently I heard a colleague describe the congregational work of the coming year as threefold: celebration, lament, action. For many of us, the arrival of summer and Pennsylvania’s reopening mean we have more freedom to gather with friends and family and to participate in activities we love. This time feels celebratory in so many ways. ...