"Bloom where you are planted."
I am now planted here in the desert of California, and I am delighted to be your three-quarter time Developmental Minister beginning in August 2018. Together, we will discover what a loving, kind, powerful shared ministry looks like in the years ahead.
I often say a congregation is a place of sanctuary and resistance. We offer stranger and friend an oasis of welcome, a safe place to rest, restore, renew and grow spiritual health and well being, through meaningful worship, a friendly community, fun activities, shared education and justice seeking action. I sense a gifted spirit and purposeful energy that continues to be invested in and sustain this congregation through happy and successful as well as sorrowful and challenging times.
It is said, a calling is where "your greatest love meets the world's greatest need". I like that. While we do not get to choose the times in which we live, we can choose how to live the times of our lives. I also know the needs seem immense, but there is nothing that can stand forever against love. And that is part of our mission, to realize our power and do what we can do, where we are planted. Our first principle and core value is to strive to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, no exceptions. I believe that fundamental impulse of fairness is grounded in personal experience and many books of wisdom. It is a demanding ethic for individuals, congregations and our world.
Together we can support each other as we build a sense of belovedness in our hearts, and strive towards beloved community in our spiritual home and in our beautiful hurting world.
UUCOD is one of over 1,000 congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Evolving separately during the 19th century, the Unitarian and Universalist movements in America joined their liberal, free-thinking, humanist approaches to religion in 1961. As part of the wider UU community, we work towards the goal that all earth's children have the freedom and opportunity to lead their lives as they choose.
We welcome all people regardless of race, color, creed, political persuasion and sexual orientation. Our church has no required system of belief, rather we explore and share a variety of spiritual experience so each of us can develop an understanding meaningful to us personally. We gather each week to learn, explore, be grateful, celebrate, allowing ourselves an hour of inspiration and reflection to gain strength for the lives we lead followed by coffee and conversation.
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"Are you a Unitarian without knowing it?" This provocative question began the story of UUCOD in 1959 when it appeared in an advertisement placed by the American Unitarian Association. Fifty-nine years later we still invite visitors to attend a Sunday Service to pose the same question to themselves.
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