The alchemy of fear

May we remember. Not the images. Not the pain. Not the fear. Not the fire. Not the tears. Not the anger. Not the unknown others. Not the threats. Not the repercussions. Not, all the gods that ever were or are, NOT the endless war. Lift our hearts to that moment of blue-sky September-perfect. We were […]

All the things

To pick up and start saying, again, “It’s been so long since I wrote…!” would do very little but state the obvious and make me feel sheepish even to be updating again. I spent some time, before writing this, updating the site’s appearance. It had literally not been updated since I set up the site […]

Story-sharing

Last night my friend Laura and I hosted our second “Sharing Our Stories” event at UUCC, on the theme of “Love in Action.” We host these evenings to discuss and raise awareness of issues surrounding reproductive justice. But just lately I’ve had so much more than that on my mind. After I got back from General […]

Give Love Voice

I got my first tattoo when I was 25. In the summer of 1997 I was in a weird place, done with college but not graduated, looking for work, restless. At the time I’m pretty sure I wasn’t all that certain exactly why getting a tattoo appealed to me, but I pawned my high school […]

Faith in action

When I was a young girl, maybe seven or eight, my mother took me to the Right to Life march a couple of times. (This annual demonstration is held by self-proclaimed pro-life activists on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, January 22. It is a huge march that takes up much of the […]

Two Saturdays in October

Last October, about a month after I started attending UUCC, there was a new member class held one Saturday morning. I attended that class, with interest, and learned a lot about Unitarian Universalism and the community at UUCC. I was already pretty sold on the whole concept, but the class was a fascinating chance to […]

Learn, Teach, Do

Two weeks ago, I was given an opportunity to be part of something extraordinary. Last week, I was doubly blessed as I got to share my experiences of the week before. This week, I’d like to write about it. A few months ago, I was approached by my church’s director of Lifespan Growth and Learning […]

Anthem

Not long ago I had a conversation about vocations with a friend who at one time thought he might have had one. “What made you think that?” I asked. He replied that he was good at the things a minister needed to be: speaking, writing, management. But when he talked to his minister, she asked […]

Changing light

When I was a child my mind would wander during church. Mostly it wandered towards earthly things, but I have a fairly distinct memory of a particular daydream I’d return to again and again. I would close my eyes during some part of the service, one of the long stretches of sitting or kneeling. I […]