Author Archives: Susan Webb

Building a Playground

The Endowment Committee has approved the RE Committee’s request for $700 to create a playground in the walled area outside the classrooms. Our plans call for installing fences and gates (to keep the little ones from wandering), painting hopscotch and a labyrinth on the sidewalk and a mural on the wall, and building some climbing … Continued

Facilitators of Right Relations

I first encountered the term “Right Relations” in a UU context at the General Assembly in Louisville in May 2015. A Right Relations Team was available to assist participants who took offense at comments made in presentations or if heated discussions seemed to be headed toward damaging conflicts. I appreciated the recognition that—even amongst groups … Continued

Classes for Chalice Children (ages 3-5)

We’re pleased to announce that a volunteer teaching team will be leading Preschool lessons for children ages 3 to 5 years. Children can either go to the Nursery (opens at 10:45) for some playtime or stay with their family and attend the service at 11:00. A teacher will escort children to RE at about 11:10, … Continued

Our Church’s Democratic Process

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Bowling Green will hold our annual congregational meeting on Sunday, May 22. All members are warmly encouraged and all friends are invited to attend. To help us begin promptly once the 11:00 o’clock service is over, refreshments will be provided in the Olympia Brown lobby outside the sanctuary. This year, … Continued

Meeting Our Need to be Needed

In exploring more satisfying ways of being, over the past six months I’ve been intentionally practicing connecting my feelings and my behavior with the underlying universal human needs I’m seeking to meet. To both survive and thrive, we all have needs for well-being (sustenance, safety, and play), needs for connection (acceptance, appreciation, and understanding), and … Continued

Moving into the Future

This Sunday, March 20th, we will be gathering for the annual chili cook off. It’s a great opportunity for us to get together for fun and great chili, and it also serves as the kick-off of our yearly stewardship campaign. This is the time for all of us who benefit from being a part of … Continued

On Non-Violent Communication

Our Winter Congregational Meeting was held on Sunday, February 7. As a result, along with a plan for a meditation garden and amendments to five articles in our bylaws, we now have a new Vision Statement and a Covenant of Right Relations. Both our vision and our covenant are aspirational statements. Our Vision Statement expresses … Continued

Staying Awake

I was proud to be a UU this week when I followed a link on our congregation’s Facebook page to the UUA website and learned that in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the Ware Lecture at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly in Hollywood, Florida. The title of the speech was “Don’t Sleep … Continued

The Privilege and Responsibility of Membership

This month, the Board has been preparing an agenda for the Winter Congregational Meeting, which will be held on Sunday, January 24th. At this point, it looks like the agenda will include votes on adopting the new Vision Statement, the proposed Covenant of Right Relations, and bylaw amendments; an update on church finances; and opportunities … Continued

Minding Our Manners

When my four siblings and I were in elementary school, my mother instituted Wednesday dinners in the dining room as an opportunity for us to learn and practice good manners. On those Wednesday evenings, Mom introduced us to table manners and polite conversation. Our dad took advantage of the opportunity to teach us to conclude … Continued