Report on May 28th Congregational Discussion of White Supremacy Culture – Guest Blogger, Dana Buhl

On Sunday of Memorial Day weekend over 100 First Unitarian congregants met to continue the discussion of white supremacy culture in our church and our denomination. I co-led the gathering with Rev. Bill Sinkford and was invited to report back on the discussion as a guest blogger. Our gathering was two days after the tragic … Continued

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Endings and Beginnings – Rev. Thomas Disrud

It is already June 1, and that means that the end of the church program year is almost here. This has been a full and challenging year in all kinds of ways on the local and the global level. Most of you know that Rev. Bill Sinkford has been serving since early April as one … Continued

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Guest Blogger, Intern Minister T. J. FitzGerald

  It would be hard to miss the questions and conversations that are coming out of the movement-wide teach-in on white supremacy that the Unitarian Universalist Association invited its member communities to experience over the past two Sundays. Of course, as part of this community, I have felt the impact of the worship experiences of … Continued

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How’s the Water?

Rev. Sinkford’s Blog … David Foster Wallace began a commencement address at Kenyon College several years ago with this story: “There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning, boys, how’s the water?’ The two young fish … Continued

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Guest Blogger – Rev. Tom Disrud

The mission of First Unitarian Church calls us to promote “lifelong spiritual growth.” That happens in a lot of ways in what we do, I hope. But one way in particular is through the Wellspring program, which we’ve been offering for about five years. Wellspring comes out of the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Rochester, NY, … Continued

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Guest Blogger, Rev. Thomas Disrud

I expect most of you have heard the news that Rev. Bill Sinkford has answered the call to be the interim president of the Unitarian Universalist Association from now until the end of June. A new president will be elected when the General Assembly meets then. In the meantime Bill, along with two co presidents, … Continued

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Last Week Was a Tough Week

  Rev. Sinkford’s blog … As some of you know, last Thursday UUA President, Peter Morales resigned amid controversy surrounding staff hiring and racial diversity. His decision followed reaction to a recent hire in which a white male minister was chosen over a Latina. It was the fifth white male minister to be hired to … Continued

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The Problem With Resurrection

Our spiritual theme for April is “Resurrection.” This comes as little surprise to most of us. We will celebrate the Easter holiday in just weeks. If the long established pattern holds, attendance on Easter Sunday will be larger than any other Sunday morning during the year. I think it may be simply habit or the … Continued

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Answered Prayers

  “Wow.” “Expansive.” “Heart Opening.” “Holy.” These are a few of the words that were used to describe the process of holding each other in prayer that we began during last week’s service. I want to thank all of you who took the time to write and describe your experience of requesting a prayer and … Continued

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DeReau Farrar Named Music Director

Dear Friends, Our more than year-long search process for a permanent Director of Music has been completed. The Advisory Search Committee has done an outstanding job of gathering feedback about each of the three final candidates from all of the choirs, as well as from other music staff, program staff and congregants. They conducted interviews, … Continued

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