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Author: Fred Wooden

Love is our Doctrine. Service is our prayer. Justice is our calling.

In the Meantime, (Reprint)

I am going to do something I have almost never done – not work for a few weeks.  Most of my career I actually worked during vacation.  That was partly self serving.  When you are away for several weeks the inbox and to do list get fuller and longer.  But frankly, it was also a…
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In the Meantime,

I am going to do something I have almost never done – not work for a few weeks.  Most of my career I actually worked during vacation.  That was partly self serving.  When you are away for several weeks the inbox and to do list get fuller and longer.  But frankly, it was also a…
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In the Meantime,

This past weekend I attended an in-person event at a member’s home.  It was harder than I expected.  Mind, we are all vaccinated.  The risk was almost nil.  But seeing a dozen people in one room without masks, sitting close to one another, was disquieting.  Even at the office, where we are fewer and vaccinated…
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In the Meantime,

Did I tell you about my house?  We own a very old (1887) brick house in downtown Grand Rapids, part of a historic district.  But just as older people need more care to stay well, so old houses need more care and attention.  That’s why I expect to spend money every year to maintain it. …
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In the Meantime,

June is always busting out, as the song says.  In addition to the usual stuff, you had your annual meeting (which went very well let me say).  I had my annual meeting of the UU Ministers, and soon comes the UUA General Assembly. The intense heat is just a bonus, right? For newer members, GA…
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In the Meantime,

He’s here.  I was in a VUU zoom last night when word came through that Samuel Kyle Wooden, son of Stephen and Adelyn, was born.  All the Connection Circle leaders got a look at him as I held up his picture to the camera on my computer.  It’s the same picture you see.   That’s why the…
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In the Meantime,

Absence may make the heart grow fonder but it makes the brain grow weaker.  I am in Michigan for a while, mostly to await a new grandchild, but the miles and the timezones and the lack of visual reminders mean it is harder to work.  I forgot to write this piece altogether until Lore prompted…
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In the Meantime,

Ministers hate spring.  Because that’s often when annual meetings are held which means writing annual reports.  No doubt there are some who love doing this but I have not met them.  You may then conclude that I am no fan, but it is nonetheless essential.  We use the word ‘accountability’ a lot now, and reports…
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In the Meantime,

One thing we have all learned from the pandemic is that VUU is not the place but the people.  As we get closer to when we can be with one another in person again, let’s remember the first part as much as the second.  That’s why I applaud the Board for supporting the goal of…
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In the Meantime,

Cinco de Mayo makes me uneasy.  It came into existence to honor a community within the US and is more popular in America than in Mexico.  In recent years the Mexican community has been critical of folks dressing up in so-called Mexican clothes and drinking cerveza and tequila the way we down Guinness and Jameson…
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