Ponderings of the Spiritual Life Director

Ponderings of the Spiritual Life Director 2-13-19

Beloved Community: It Includes Us ALL Ponderings of the Spiritual Life Director In a recent conversation I had with Connie Goodbread, one of the Co-Leads of our UUA Southern Region Congregational Life staff team, she reminded me that “we are in covenant with our children, too”.  Yes, indeed!  We are a community, a village, and … Continued

Ponderings of the Spiritual Life Director 2-6-19

Beloved CommunityPonderings of the Spiritual Life Director I will support our congregation by volunteering my time and fulfilling my commitments.                                                                           -Sixth Line of the UUCL Covenant To be honest, if there’s one line of our covenant I’d especially like to rewrite, it’s this one. Not because I think you shouldn’t volunteer your time, but … Continued

Ponderings of the Spiritual Life Director 1-30-19

Due to an unusually busy week, I’m not writing my usual ponderings, but instead I am offering you a poem. This poem was written by Kahlil Gibran and I offer it to you in memory of Estelle Penn, who passed away last Friday. I learned from talking with her granddaughters that Kahlil Gibran was one … Continued

Ponderings of the Spiritual Life Director 1-23-19

I will seek to possess an open mind and a respect for views different from my own. -UUCL Congregational Covenant, 5th line Open your mind. Open your heart. Listen. Break down the walls. Tear down the fence. Come out of the cave. Step outside of the box. When we covenant with each other to have … Continued

Ponderings of the Spiritual Life Director 1-16-19

The Value of Candor Ponderings of the Spiritual Life Director Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It’s how true friends talk. -Peggy Noonan Candor is the key to collaborating effectively. Lack of candor leads to dysfunctional environments. -Edwin Catmull I will promote democracy by speaking with candor, respecting the right to dissent, seeking consensus, … Continued