Monday, March 25, 2013

Snow!

In a rare event for St. Louis we got over twelve inches of snow.  I can't remember when the last time we got that much snow.  What was even better, it was accompanied by thunder and lightening. Truly an impressive event.  Above is the kids 8 foot tall St. Louis University Billiken basketball player.  While they may have lost against the Oregon Ducks, they are still number one to us.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Seventeen Years!

On a cold March Saturday in Iowa, husband and I took a leap of faith and wed.  I look back and can't believe my 22 year old self was confident enough to take such a big step.  I look at 22 year olds now and they just seem soooo young!  How could I have been so sure?!  Yet we did it.  It hasn't always been easy.  There have been so many ups and downs, but I always knew we were in it for the long haul.  I have no doubt I made the right decision and am thankful to my 22 y/o self for making it. Happy 17th Anniversary, M!



Saturday, March 16, 2013

Church Newsletters

Is this still a valuable form of communication?  As most congregations move towards online newsletters, do people still read them?  When I got it in the mail, I was very diligent about reading it, but now I often forget that it is out there.  Newsletters require a lot of time and effort.  In the past I found it invaluable for conveying information, now I am not so sure.  How many congregants remember to check it out every month?  Are other forms better received?  What are your thoughts?

Daniel Fast Update 3

I have completed the "official" Daniel Fast (which is 21 days), but as Lent is not over, I am continuing on in a modified fashion.  I am sticking with only drinking water, no sweets, no yeasted bread, and plant-based as possible (mostly vegan except honey).  How is this different? Basically I am now including such things as Rice milk and baking powder/soda.  Believe it or not, this has opened up a lot more recipes.  As I mentioned earlier, I physically feel great. I have more energy and it doesn't go up and down during the day as it previously would.  This is not to say that I am not really looking forward to Easter and eating a whole bunch of cake.  Cake is my weakness and I plan on making a traditional Lamb cake for Easter dinner.  Other then that, the only thing I really miss is having my afternoon tea.  I really enjoyed that moment in the day.  I will be glad to have it back.

Spiritually, I am still waffling and haven't had any major insights. I am really torn about certain things right now and they don't have easy answers.  Committing one way or another will cause quite a bit of heartache, so I remain on the fence.

Friday, March 15, 2013

UUA Headquarters

Well, I admit, I am not really that excited for the new headquarters.  Since I never had the opportunity to visit the first one and, it is unlikely that I will visit the new one, it is not that big a deal.  I am disappointed that the Trustees chose to stay in Boston and not look for a more central location.  If we are leaving our historical building, then lets go somewhere that is more accessible to all congregations.  Traveling is expensive and not everyone (including myself) can afford to just catch a flight to Boston.  Staying so distant reinforces the lack of connection the headquarters has with individual congregations.  I feel this move is very shortsighted and am disheartened by the decision.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Frustrated

I know I am not alone in this, but I am TIRED of picking up the slack.  I am tired of people bailing or shrugging off responsibilities with the thought that I will cover for them.  I am not a door mat.  I am getting frustrated by it, but I don't have a solution because the work still needs to get done.  I need to make some changes and stand my ground. But how? Suggestions?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Daniel Fast Update 2

I have gotten into the groove of the Fast and it is becoming much easier.  I am into the rhythm of making my own unleavened bread and crackers.  I am eating a lot healthier and have been physically feeling great.  The last two weeks have been packed, but I feel like my energy level has been constant and that I can handle it all.  Being off caffeine has made a big difference in that regard.  I wake up awake and fall asleep easily.  I like not "needing" something to get going.  I might continue that after the Fast.

The Spiritual aspect to it has left me with more questions then answers.  I feel like I am floating between thoughts and ideas and just can't make up my mind on what exactly I believe.  Husband and I are struggling to really connect to our current congregation.  We are involved, but things still seem a little off and I am not sure why.  The children are also not 100% happy there.  They go to a Lutheran school and lean towards Christianity.  While we like having them in a UU church on Sunday, there is a low undercurrent of anti-Christianity (not from the minister) that pops up once in awhile that makes the kids feel uncomfortable.  I struggle with them on how to explain what exactly UU is and its deeper theological value.

This brings up the next issue.  I have been working to start an interfaith environmental group in Missouri.  Our launch is this Thursday (yay!!).  Through this experience, I have been talking with folks from all sorts of theological perspectives.  I appreciate their definitive understanding of their history, traditions, and theological perspectives.  They are passionate about their faith.  It has made me ask, why am I not as passionate about UU anymore?  This is the question I hope to figure out during Lent.