Many of us, I’m sure, are thinking about the recent death of Darlene Lochbihler. I didn’t know her for as long as many of you, but even in the time I’ve been here at UCN Darlene made quite an impression on me and Craig. Most … read more.
The Jewish philosopher Maimonides (1136-1204) once wrote a Guide for the Perplexed, in which he created a “ladder of charity” with 8 rungs on it:
The lowest rung is to give, but to give reluctantly.
The second rung is to give cheerfully, but not in proportion to … read more.
At last Sunday’s virtual Mothers’ Day service, I introduced a new verse to “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” (Julia Ward Howe, who introduced America’s first Mothers Day, wrote the original words to this song at the request of her Unitarian minister.) Several of you asked … read more.
7 May 2020
Unitarian Church North Leadership Board Minutes
Present: Rev. Tony Larsen; Brian Monroe, Dean Johnson; Dan Lusk; Pat Mumm Lovely; Amber Elsner-Miller; Julie Zumach; Ed Ahrenhoerster; Leigh Hoftiezer; Kristin Gasser; Janet Jensen; Rosa Gomez; Jean Woodmansee; Brian Bunzel (part); Peter Blain
Absent: Jackee Orozco
Call to Order … read more.
If you ever visit First Unitarian Church in Chicago (near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in the Hyde Park area), you may notice a niche carved in the front wall of the sanctuary. It looks as if it was made to hold a statue, or … read more.
As we are all sheltering in place during the pandemic, I have noticed some small things, small gifts, that have lifted my spirits a bit: someone making masks for others, someone donating money in that person’s name, someone shopping for a person who can’t get … read more.
Share the Plate Update for July and August, 2020
In the months that UCN has been closed due to COVID-19, members and friends have been asked to mail in checks for offertory each week. To continue our work to support other organizations doing important social justice … read more.
One of you responded to my last Parson-to-Person column on children’s mis-hearing of things adults say (“Howard be thy name,” for example, instead of “Hallowed be thy name”). She wrote:
I just read your Parson-to-Person, and I have to tell you my phrase that I misunderstood when I … read more.
I have always been intrigued by the ways children sometimes mis-hear the words to prayers, songs, and sayings (“Howard be thy name” being a misunderstanding of “Hallowed be thy name,” for example). Someone once told me about an expression HE had misunderstood as a child. … read more.
Since we are all still sheltering in place, and since UCN’s pledge drive is still happening, I thought I’d write something about why we give our time, talent, and treasure (the “3 Ts”) to this beacon of religious liberty in Ozaukee County. I think the … read more.