Friday, February 29, 2008

Tough Week

This has got to be one of the hardest weeks of work (& life) so far. - All culminating with me getting so sick I can barely more.

I will be back with my witty and insightful ;-) look at UU in a few days! Go out and do some leaping! - you won't have another chance for four years. (See, I can keep my sense of humor despite a miserable week!)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Standard Practice?

I was just reading Moxie Life's blog and she noted that she knows of five ministers who have been fired. She seemed to think this is a UU thing. What do you all think? Are we noted for getting disgruntled easily and firing our minsters post haste? Are our congregations too difficult to please? Are our schools doing a poor job of preparing ministers for actual congregational leadership? Do we attract people to the ministry who would be better in other fields, but haven't been directed that way? I also know of a couple of ministers who have had to leave. Of course we try to couch it as "not a good fit", but is that really the issue? Thoughts?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Politics - 1

As a I peruse other UU blogs, I am beginning to wonder - Am I the only UU that doesn't wholeheartedly support Barack Obama?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Love


I know people have very strong opinions of Valentine's Day. I have heard many people go on and on that it is a manufactured holiday by the card industry. That it puts too much pressure on people, that it is insincere, etc., etc. I would be the first to admit that I am not a romantic, but I love Valentine's Day. I don't expect big gifts or some amazing day. I would never expect a proposal or marriage on that day or for my relationships to be magically better, but I do love the idea of taking a day to just say I love you to all the people you care about. We are so busy living our lives, sometimes we forget to slow down and tell your spouse, significant other, friend, parent, child that you love them. Just for being them. To all my family and friends, I say:

I LOVE YOU!

Happy Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Time to Grieve

As you may have heard, in Kirkwood, five innocent people were shot to death. The shooter, himself, was eventually killed by a police officer. The church I attend is in Kirkwood and I lived there for several years. While I did not personally know any of the victims, my heart goes out to all of them and their families. I can not imagine sending my husband off to a meeting and then never seeing him alive again. These victims have families and loved ones whose lives are forever changed. All I can do is keep them in my thoughts and prayers.

Last night there was a community memorial service. While we still attend church in Kirkwood, we live about forty minutes away. Therefore, I watched the service on a local station. It was a touching candlelight service with local ministers and clergy speaking. Many of their themes touched upon rememberence, grief, understanding, forgiveness and healing. While I am sure this provided some comfort to people, I found it a little maddening. I am not ready to understand, forgive and heal. I will never understand why people need to move forward so quickly. Why can't people just have time to grieve? Many cultures have mourning periods. I find this to be very beneficial. People need time to just sit and fully grieve - in whatever way they need. I can guarantee that if my loved one was a victim, I would not, at this moment, be thinking about healing and forgiveness. I would be experiencing loss, devestation, anger, overwhelming sadness and hopelessness. I would want those feelings to be acknowledged and not have to think that I needed to immediately look to the future and be hopeful and forgive. Yes, in time, I would hope to be there, but please, let people live in the present and fully experience what they are feeling. That is what they need.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Lent?!


Do Unitarians need Lent? The short answer would be a somewhat obvious "no". We don't need it. But, maybe we do. While I don't believe the whole Jesus died on a cross for our sins and was resurrected miracle, I do think there is something to be said for setting aside time to really reflect on your spirituality and the life you are living. Many religions have some form of this. For instance, Ramadan for Muslims and Aseret Yemei Teshuva for Jews. While these observances usually call for abstaining from certain foods or fasting and atonement, they are really trying to help the followerer come to a greater understanding of their God. It is a time for intense discipline within their faith. Many UUs balk at the idea of being forced to study their religion (if they are even comfortable calling UU a religion). Aren't we in it for the freedom of thought and ability to worship as we feel? Of course we are, but there is something to be said for taking the time to really work on your belief system. Take the time to really look inside yourself and figure out what is important to you? your family? What values do you hold dear? Where do you see yourself in this great universe? Have you ever taken then time to really ponder if you believe in a God? a Spirit? a life Force? Can you comfortably convey that to others? Can you explain it to your children?

Maybe these questions are too hard or too easy, but not enough of us take the time to really evaluate where we are on our journey. I would challenge each of you to take these next forty days to develop your own faith statements and start spring with a renewed Spirit!




Sunday, February 3, 2008

I've been tagged!

I am a little over excited because I have been tagged for the first time! Montessori Mama* (see sidebar for link) has tagged me for the following:

1. Name one thing you do everyday.

I read the comics before I go to work.

2. Name two things you wish you could learn.

How to become a great public speaker.
How to get over my fear of flying.

3. Name three things that remind you of your childhood.

Rollar skates
Cassette tapes
The Eagles (played constantly on car trips by my parents!)

4. Name four thing you love to eat but rarely do.

Ice cream sandwiches
mangoes
Hostess cupcakes
Shamrock Shakes from McDonalds

5. Names five things/people that make you feel good.

Snuggling with my children in the morning
A clean house
Finishing a sewing project
My garden (especially the harvest)
Watching the birds at our bird feeder

6. List six facts about yourself.

I like a lot of quiet time and go to bed early
I read everyday - but am tired of memoirs
I play the clarinet in a woodwind quintet
I have a degree in German, but speak it very poorly!
I can not stand the scent of Dial soap - it makes me physically ill


I tag - Allinarow and Dustpan Alley!


*MM is a wonderful blog - you must check it out! ;-)

Friday, February 1, 2008

SNOW DAY!!!


Is there anything better?