Welcome to UUCSW’s blog, The Vista, where our lay leaders and staff share perspectives on congregational life.

  • Board Letter January 2023

    January, 2023
    Greetings of the New Year! We on the Board of Trustees of UUCSW want to wish everyone a year filled with love, well-being, and peace. Though the calendar year just recently turned the page to 2023, the church year is at its midpoint. … read more.

  • Board Letter December 2022

    UUCSW has had reasons to celebrate in 2022!  While crawling toward normalcy post-pandemic, one of these reasons to celebrate is that Rev. Laurel is now fully-credentialled and has been granted Full Fellowship by the UUA.  In granting this status, the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee noted … read more.

  • Board Letter November 2022

    Board Matters, November 2022

    Greetings, friends. It’s my pleasure to bring you this month’s overview from the Board of Trustees of UUCSW. The “official” UU theme for November is Change, but as we all know, November is also a time to reflect on things we are … read more.

  • Board Letter September 2022

    Hello UUCSW!

    Welcome to September and to the 2022-2023 church year. It’s exciting that after two years of virtual worship, we are starting this year in a new way – we’re intentionally hybrid.

    There are so many things going on in September.

    Recently, my yoga teacher read this … read more.

  • Minister’s Letter May 2022

    Dear UUCSW,

    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

    Dear UUCSW,

    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

    Dear UUCSW,

    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.