Past Newsletter Columns

Notes From the President’s Desk – May, 2019

In April the Finance Committee recommended a budget for 2019-2020 to the Board. The process for creating the budget began as part of the Congregational Conversation and a mid-year review held last January. It’s fair to say that we intentionally moved up the process of preparing a budget by a couple of months. The size … Continued

Minister’s Column – May, 2019

No one ever joins a church because they want to serve on a committee,” is common wisdom. It is even largely – though not always – true. This is part of why folks who study church dynamics (and there are people who make a living at it) suggest churches move away from forming more committees. … Continued

NEWS from the Religious Education Director

Last month I went to an 8-day centering prayer retreat at a Benedictine monastery outside Aspen! Most people are intrigued by the grand silence (i.e. not even eye contact), but the silence isn’t the end goal. The silence creates an interior atmosphere where the real concerns of life can rise up, where I can deepen … Continued

Minister’s Column – April, 2019

I am writing to you a day after a wonderful Celebration Sunday. There was laughter and spirit and commitment flowing through the sanctuary and Berg Hall. It was a fabulous kick-off to a successful stewardship drive for our 2019-2020 fiscal year. I am so grateful for the multi-faceted generosity of this amazing congregation. If you … Continued

Notes from the President’s Desk – April, 2019

With three months left in this church year it seems like a good time for a reminder and some thanks. First, coming up on Sunday, June 9 we will hold our Annual Meeting following the church service. We have a “Slate” of candidates for positions on the Board, Leadership Committee, and the Endowment and Memorial … Continued

Notes from the President’s Desk – March, 2019

On January 27th the Board held a Congregational Conversation about our finances. It was the first ever mid-year presentation of a UUCV budget and included a discussion of the beginning baseline for the 2019-2020 budget. There were 94 people in attendance which was fantastic! We learned some things from the meeting. One is that financial … Continued

Minister’s Column – March, 2019

A few Sundays ago I taught y’all to sing Narrow Bridge, with lyrics adapted from Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, an 18th century Jewish sage, mystic, storyteller. His words inspired Jews in the Holocaust, and someone put them to music. He wrote: All the world is just a narrow bridge, And above all is not to … Continued

News from Religious Education

Dear UUCV Community, This month we explore what it means to be a people of trust, and one way we do that is by creating covenant. Every congregation has covenanted to “affirm and promote” our 7 Principles and at the end of that statement, it continues ”As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising … Continued

Notes from the President’s Desk – Feb. 2019

In looking for signs of an early Spring, like a Groundhog shadow or a Valentine’s Day card, I hope everyone has noticed the outside of our building was recently painted. There is a freshness to the church exterior that reflects the care and attention given to it by our Buildings and Grounds Team (B & … Continued

Minister’s Column – Feb. 2019

I love the image of the Hindu god Indra’s net, stretching out in all directions, weaving the universe in place. At each intersection where the strands cross each other sits a glittering jewel, and each jewel reflects the light of every other jewel. So what happens to one jewel, happens to all. A net or … Continued