Welcome to UUCSW’s blog, The Vista, where our lay leaders and staff share perspectives on congregational life.
Minister’s Letter May 2022
May always feels nostalgic to me. Perhaps it’s all the graduations, and all the memories this time of year conjures. It’s a liminal space, spring – we can sense the promise of summer, the lush green of treetops and warmer days. But for now, … read more.
Music Director’s Letter May 2022
The benefits of community singing are numerous. Community singing nurtures the spirit and fosters a sense of connection and belonging; studies have shown that the hearts of people who sing together beat in unison! In fact, the benefits of singing in a group extend beyond … read more.
Board Letter April 2022
Spring on the church calendar means preparing for the next church year. This includes figuring who will fill the various volunteer roles in the congregation. The most visible part of that is the nominating committee determining the slate of officers for us to vote on at our … read more.
Minister’s Letter April 2022
After two years of successfully avoiding it, I finally got Covid. With the lifting of mask mandates and the push to return to normal, it feels absurd, almost comically so. Truth be told, I suspect I caught it the one time we went out … read more.
Board Letter March 2022
It’s OK not to be OK.
We opened this month’s Board meeting with the following words of Rev. Molly Brewer:
I cannot pretend,
And so I will not tell you,
That everything is okay right now. That there is no reason to be angry, That you must be optimistic
Or … read more.
Minister’s Letter March 2022
Between attending a virtual conference and taking a week of study leave to re-center, February felt impossibly short. And I’m admittedly looking forward to more spring flowers and less black ice – I know mud season will come in the middle, that shift between … read more.
Board Letter February 2022
A new world is waiting to be built
Yesterday I was having a conversation about my 2021 COVID experience. My friend asked me what I’ve learned, what I’m bringing forward with me. I just want to erase 2021, I thought. In fact, hers was a good … read more.
Minister’s Letter February 2022
When I moved to San Francisco I was shocked to find that spring began in February. My birthday is at the end of the month and I grew up associating this time of year with the gray-tinged snow-sludge of southern New England, and the … read more.
Racial Justice Committee Update January 2022
Book Discussion: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
The Racial Justice Committee of UUCSW will sponsor a book discussion as a part of their ongoing search for understanding of racism here and now. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho … read more.
Board Letter January 2022
Living with Intention in a Church Community
One of our big questions for this year is: “How can people be involved in activities and leadership in ways that feel life-giving and not based on obligation?” This question affects all churches and volunteer organizations because there are fewer people … read more.