My mother, Melanie, just wrote to me about walking on the beach barefoot yesterday in Southern California, how good the sand felt, gritting between her toes and on the bottoms of her feet. She said there were quite a few … read more.
I used to live in Venice, and as I now read the stories of the unexpectedly clear water in its canals with fish and ducks swimming past the ancient homes and palaces, I wish I could be back there (even if the web stories of … read more.
On a recent evening, Michelle and I walked through the intersection of two quiet streets near our Brussels apartment. On each corner of the intersection, a cherry tree was blooming in the setting sun. We stopped to stare at the blossoms, unexpectedly bright after a … read more.
It’s still winter in much of Europe, but we can look forward to springtime in Prague. So if you haven’t signed up yet, registration for the EUU’s spring retreat (3-5 April) is still open until 23 February. The EUU website provides all the details. … read more.
As UUs, just as we acknowledge that there is not one truth, so we know there are several moments that can mark a new year. For some it’s the start of the fall when summer ends and school begins; then there are the many different … read more.
Our fall retreat in Bad Homburg brought a swirl of ideas, emotions and goodwill.
Our speaker, Rev. Thandeka, showed us that knowing and understanding are different things; she urged us to bring more emotion into liberal religion and encouraged us to create small groups in which … read more.
The 5th UU principle affirms “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large”. It’s not always easy – democracy can be a clash of values and interests. Nor can we take democracy for granted. The … read more.
September can be a time of beginnings, the start of a new cycle. For EUU, the new officers have up to now always taken office on September 1st — though this tradition is about to change. The Annual General Meeting at the spring retreat in … read more.
Being your president for two years has been a life-changing experience. The support I received from my husband, Ray, my officers (Gail Rosecrance as Vice-President, Tom Sievers as Treasurer, and Bonnie Friedmann as Secretary), as well from the other Committee Heads, Fellowship Representatives and members … read more.
In May, I suggested a slate of proposals to try and combat the current leadership crisis EUU finds itself in. Fortunately the members who attended our recent CC Meeting came up with some potentially popular solutions to our problems.