Strengthening Our Foundation

Picture this: In a ritual to appreciate Lea, our church administrator, we each bring forward a marble for every time Lea has been there for us to support one of our activities or projects. Imagine the marbles filling her outstretched hands as she tries to hold them all. Any one marble is easy to […]

Ministers’ Challenge

We have a challenge for you – with rewards for all and a prize. But first a little background: our Coming of Age program is intended to be a great opportunity for our youth to explore who they are spiritually, ethically, and emotionally. We want them to develop a UU identity, grounded in […]

Our Campaign to End Homelessness

I was blown away when Chris S. texted me just two hours after the Interfaith Choir Concert to say that the event had raised more than $11,000 for the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and its Safe Spaces Campaign. In making the pitch for the Coalition, I had mentioned how much it had mattered […]

Letting Go

As someone who recently moved and experienced my mother’s death, our December worship theme of “Letting Go” resonates strongly with both my outer and inner self. Reckoning with letting go is a lifelong spiritual task for all of us, because change is inevitable and yet holding on, too, is a human necessity. We are […]

Survey Results #3 – Effectiveness of Leaders

How effective do you think our congregational leaders are? That was one of the questions we asked during our Ends Survey last March to understand how well we are doing reaching our third end/goal. This end states that “we have a broad circle of effective leaders who have the resources to complete their work in […]

Survey Results #2 – Offering and Receiving Help

In the October Parish Notes, we started to share the results of the Ends (Goals) Survey you completed in March. The analysis each month is based on the survey discussions we have at our church board meetings. The graphs and the summary statistics were generated by board member Suzanne Rude. This was a very substantial […]

The Church School Year is Underway

The church school year is under way, in our second year of re-imagined faith development. Sunday School in the hour before church is becoming the new “normal” for us, and it is a delight to see families arriving – some children bouncing down the hall greeting everyone they meet with big smiles and fresh […]

Survey Results #1 – Connection

Last March, we circulated our first annual Ends Survey. Ends are statements that talk about the impact we want to see as a result of our ministry together. These ends were adopted by the Board of Trustees with broad-based input from the congregation a number of years ago. For the past few months, the board […]