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In the Meantime,

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

In the Meantime,

I am on the road this week, heading to Michigan to await an expected grandchild.  But… BUT!.. I will be back in AZ soon.  And no matter where I am physically I will be working for VUU.   That’s the gift of this awful pandemic, that we can be together even when we are apart. …
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In the Meantime,

Scandalous!  That’s what we say when someone really acts out. Or we used to say it.  But you know what I mean.  What you may not know is where the word comes from.  It’s from the Greek ‘skandalon,’ which means a ‘trap.’  Think of political scandals where the media catches them in their sins –…
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In the Meantime,

“I wonder, wonder, who…. wrote the book of love.”  That was a hit song when I was 5 years old, so I have no claim to remembering it when it was new.  But some songs are timeless, aren’t they?   Why mention this?  Well, in some ways the question is universal.  For lots of people, there…
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In the Meantime,

It’s time to start planning.  Spring is when clergy begin thinking about the next ‘church year.’ Our Music Director, The Worship Associates, and I met this week to begin doing that for our worship ministry.  Summer was foremost of course, but the big question – when will we resume in person  worship – hovered over…
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In the Meantime,

When I got my initial training for interim ministry last spring I got a syllabus with lots of required reading and recommended reading, and handbooks and case studies, a small library of tools and techniques that honestly I could not begin to digest.  That made me anxious.  How could I possibly get all this done?…
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In the Meantime,

I had a great idea for this week and sure enough, the moment I sat down, I forgot what it was.  Don’t say it was a ‘senior moment’ because I have been like this my whole life.  There are so many things happening in my head that truly there is no way to keep track…
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In the Meantime,

Remember that ‘move the cheese’ thing from last week?  Well, I am about to move it again. But first, some context.  The staff meets weekly and often our conversation is about priorities.  Who does what, what comes first, and so forth.  The demands of a community are almost as many as there are members of…
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In the Meantime,

Back north, where I lived for all but four years before coming to Arizona, we know the ways of ice and snow.  For example, it is not the cold but the thaw that is dangerous. As ice and snow melt, they move.  What was solid a week ago is now liquid.  Frigid water then carries…
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In the Meantime,

I have sometimes defined Unitarian Universalism as an experiment in democratic religion.  Both of our traditions grew from earlier experiments in vesting power in the people as much as the clergy or a creed or a book.  Thus to ‘join’ a UU community is to become an owner/operator.  It is less a confession of faith…
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In the Meantime,

It has been a while since I spoke about the interim process and why it matters. While it is obvious to me, it may not be to others, and as politicians and marketers know, one has to repeat things many times for some to realize you have said something even once.  Therefore, let me say…
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