Friday, June 29, 2012


I am not sure what is going on, but I am feeling restless and discontented.  I have no idea why.  Things are going well - except the incredible heat (108 in St. Louis!!).  Everyone is healthy and doing well.  I just feel out of  sorts and grumpy for no good reason.  I need to get out of this funk - any suggestions?!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Social Justice & Quakers

I have been slowly catching up on the blog posts from General Assembly.  This one, by Kim Hampton - responding to Dan Harper, really caught my attention.  I have often wondered, too, whether UUs put too much emphasis on social justice and not enough into spirituality. I have seen many of my generation (30s to young 40s) looking for something more then the prevalent humanism of the older generation.  From my observation, social justice work was the spirituality of the humanists.  To me, it just isn't enough.  Social Justice doesn't replace inner spirituality - it can enhance it or be an outward expression, but it doesn't replace it.  I have recently become friends with a Friend.  We are working on the Missouri IPL project together.  I know very little about the Quakers, so I thought I would do a little research.  What I have learned has really resonated with me.  I like their approach to simplicity and the quietness of their Meetings.  I like that there isn't necessarily clergy, but there is the idea that the divine is in all of us and we need time to be quiet and reflect on it.  Quakers are very social justice minded, but they recognize the need for spiritual depth and reflection.  This is only my very limited understanding of Quakerism, but I like what I see.  Social Justice is an outgrowth of the inner spirituality.  I think the UUs would be wise to consider this model.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


This beautiful young lady is twelve today.  I thank my lucky stars every day that she is my daughter. She is kind, generous, thoughtful, smart, and helpful.  Not to mention an excellent baker! I don't know what I did to deserve her, but I am so grateful.  We are on vacation and celebrating it on the shore of Lake Michigan. Visiting the Dutch Village and playing on the beach is a most excellent way to turn 12! (according to her ;-)

Monday, June 18, 2012


Having fun in Michigan!  We haven't been on a vacation in a looooooong time.  It has been great to get away and just relax. I hope you all are having a great start to summer!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Missouri Interfaith Power & Light?

Ever since I heard Clare Butterfield speak about Interfaith Power & Light at one our UU District Assemblies, I have wanted to get an affiliate established in Missouri.  That was five years ago!  The process has started, stalled, restarted, waned and re-energized. This past year, enough people from around the state have started talking that I think this will actually happen (in no small part from the help of ReNew Missouri and their intern!).  While a statewide initiative is still a ways off, it looks like we will be able to get a metro St. Louis group together to start the ball rolling that will, hopefully, become statewide. Yesterday, a group of us met to figure out how to best proceed.  It is truly interfaith, including Catholic, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, Lutheran, Jewish, Methodist.  I am hoping, as it grows, to be even more inclusive to add Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, etc participants. While we are still in the grass roots phase/organizing, I feel that we have finally reached a core group who want to make this happen.  Our first "event" will be a coffee with presenters from two congregations who have really integrated their sustainability efforts into their congregations.  We have big dreams for the group and are still looking for help! If you are in Missouri and would like to be involved, either as an organizer or just to be on our email list/invite list, please let me know.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Send A Mouse to College

Does anyone else remember these fundraisers?  I have very distinct memories of being in elementary school and getting envelopes asking us for a dollar to "Send a mouse to college."  The pictured mice looked cute and, who wouldn't want to send them to college?! I did! It completely went over my head that we were sending them to be experimented on.  Only when I reached high school and was dating a fellow vegetarian that he enlightened me to what was really going on. Wow, I can not believe how naive I was! It is sad on many levels.

Husband works for a large biochemical company (not Monsanto - to quote them "they are a farming company", uh yeah).  His company produces fine chemicals to be used mostly in research settings.  Often they get promotional gear.  Imagine my flashbacks when this shirt popped up in the laundry! Husband and I have VERY differing opinions on animal research. While I am no fan of rats, it makes me sad that we haven't evolved from experimenting on innocent animals.  It seems like we should be technically advanced where this isn't necessary.  I hope that day comes soon. I don't think any animal should have to "go to college" unless it wants to.