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June, 2015

What if We’re Both Right? (or Not).

being right


Ah, the joy of being right!


Except that it only lasts a moment before we realize that in our smugness we are all alone.  And then suddenly all that’s left is a sort of empty feeling.

This is our topic  Sunday.  What is being “right” anyway?  What if we are both right?  Or not? What does it mean to value “right relationship” more than “being right”?

“Much of the conflict in our lives can be explained by one simple but unhappy fact: we don’t really listen to each other.”   ~Michael P. Nichols

“…Besides, being right is a matter of perspective. Being peaceful is simply a choice.”
Karen Casey


Enjoy the sunshine!



June, 2015

Mother Nature’s Recipes.



I love summertime! I want to elaborate and say something poetic and beautiful about it, maybe even something profound. But it’s really that simple. I just plain love summertime.



It makes me think of the song, “Bare Necessities,” from the Jungle Book.  What a great reminder to lighten up.



“Look for the bare necessities, old Mother Nature’s recipes, forget about your worry and your strife…”



Maybe the way summer brings me back to a more bare simplicity is part of why I love it so much. David Steindl-Rast says:



“What gets in the way of simplicity is not sophistication but self-importance, with all the complications it creates. The more lightly we take ourselves, the more we leave the narrow confines of our little egos behind and enter the wide-open spaces of our true selves…”



I hope you can join us Sunday morning to reflect with me on the joy of simplicity – and especially to bask in the music of Wendy Woo!



Take it easy!




June, 2015

A Glimpse of Heaven.

flower heaven


Summer Solstice and Father’s Day and Mike Hawes will converge this Sunday, as we gather for a beautiful – and powerful – service.



Mike has had an amazing journey this past year and a half and will be sharing some of the insights he has gained in his experience. I am really looking forward to this special day and focusing on how the divine love in each of us “blesses and multiplies all that we are, all that we give, and all that we receive.”



See u at the U!





June, 2015

Life Lessons from a Random Trumpet Player.



This past week I had the opportunity to say to myself (over and over), “what a wonderful world”  (bless you, Louis Armstrong, for reminding us that it is truly, always, a wonderful world!).



“I love the word pause. This is the time zone of wonder.”  -Noelle Oxenhandler



For me, sometimes it takes getting away to bring me home to myself. Of course I know that I am never really “away” and I am always home, but as I am not yet in a state of complete enlightenment, I have to pause frequently and intentionally and sometimes at length to get back to here.



Thank you, God; thank you, universe (multiverse?); thank you, friends and family, for understanding and supporting my time off to reconnect with wonder.



See you Sunday!





June, 2015

For the Sheer Fun of It.



What a wonderful time we had on Sunday, with our service of laughter and singing and then the “high tea” complete with picturesque hats and beautiful weather on the lawn.



It was the perfect way to begin our new summer schedule of one combined service at 10 a.m.  Don’t forget to do your “homework” this week (doing something not because it’s “good for you,” but just for the sheer fun of it)!



I’ll be going to the beach for my homework, so I’ll be gone the 3rd through the 9th!  Franklin will keep things hopping and happy on Sunday with his beautiful warm presence and wise words.