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Category: Desert Notes

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

Desert Notes September 28, 2023

Spirituality of Conflict Last week your Board of Trustees, Committee on Shared Ministry and I met with Rev. Dr. Samantha Wilson to begin our work on the Spirituality of Conflict.  The small group ministry capped out at 34 participants, and we had a very engaging and deep set of conversations that explored our own responses…
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Desert Notes September 21, 2023

Quick Desert Notes: One of the books that influenced my reflection last weekend was a book called “How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community” by Mia Birdsong. I hope some of you have a chance to read it! In addition, my colleague Kimberly Debus has a blog and a couple of the recent posts…
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Desert Notes September 14, 2023

Developing our Capacity to Manage Differences This month a lot has been going behind the scenes! Rev. Sam Wilson has been in 1:1 conversation with many member leaders and staff. Members of the Committee on Shared Ministry, the VUU Board and the Leadership Development Committee will also be meeting with Rev. Sam during our kick off weekend…
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Desert Notes September 7, 2023

Desert Notes will return next week.

Desert Notes September 1, 2023

This Sunday, we got word that my father in law had died.  He was in hospice with cancer and had suffered a couple of strokes.  We knew his time with us was short.  We are sorry to lose him.  Chuck was a man with a big heart – he took folks in when they were…
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Desert Notes August 24, 2023

Last week’s New Participant Welcome Luncheon was a festive occasion with good food, good conversation and questions, and a chance to get to know some new participants. These happen quarterly and are followed by a class and invitation for those who are ready to join. Current members and leaders are encouraged to join us and help…
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Desert Notes August 17, 2023

The VUU Staff met this week to go over the year ahead of us, planning our calendar of activities. We will also be reviewing the previous year. We’d love to hear from committees about your plans for the year so we can make sure our planning is collaborative and supportive and avoid accidental overlaps in planning. Send us…
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Desert Notes, August 10, 2023

Dear Ones!  If you experienced our online technical difficulties last Sunday, we are very sorry!  Ryan, our new Tech Booth Lead, is helping us sort out the source(s) of the issues.  In the meantime, I know many of you missed the sermon, and I’d like to share the script I worked from. I know it’s not the…
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Desert Notes August 3, 2023

I am excited to share with you all that the Board of Trustees, the Committee on Shared Ministry and the Special Funds Committee have finalized arrangements to work with Rev. Dr. Samatha Wilson on a proposal to do deeper work on conflict resolution with the membership and leadership of VUU. We will be working with…
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Desert Notes July 27, 2023

As I write this, I am remembering all of the wonderful and challenging things that have happened since I last shared with all of you.  In June I enjoyed a trip to Boston with the Coming of Age Youth program at VUU.  I traveled with nine high school students and adult leaders Carl Anderson and Marci…
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