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A Wanderer

Come, come, whoever you are, Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving, Ours is no caravan of despair…. Come, yet again, come. ~ Rumi (Hymn #188) In the interview process during this year’s search one of the people on the interview team at another congregation began with the statement/question, “Well, you seem to be some sort of … Continued

Lessons Learned

By my rough estimate, this is the 85th time I’ve written a Minister’s Message for our church newsletter. That adds up to a lot of words. I hope that some of them, at least, have been helpful in providing our church members and friends with some hints and guideposts for your spiritual journey through this … Continued

UUCBG in the Daily News

The UU Church of Bowling Green is pleased to be one of the four religious institutions in town that were profiled in the Daily News‘s special “Thrive” section on Sunday.  Here is a link to that article: http://www.bgdailynews.com/community/a-look-at-bowling-green-s-religious-diversity/article_bffae632-8081-5afc-b6a7-8394b8576cc0.html  

On Membership

As I’ve been preparing for our upcoming Heritage Sunday (April 9, 2017), I’ve also been thinking about what it means to be a member of something, whether that is an organization, a club, a family or a church community. Most of us can say that we are now or at least have been a member … Continued

A Problem-Solving Church

At our Winter Congregational Meeting on January 22, we discussed the future of the church and what options we have after our minister retires this summer. First, I spoke about the optimism and enthusiasm that was present in our community after building our new Fellowship Hall and calling a minister eight years ago. While that … Continued

Solidarity in Community

At a time when many of us have been feeling disheartened and disempowered, no more encouraging sign of solidarity and strength in the face of bigotry and prejudice has been offered than the Women’s March on Washington and the “sister” marches that occurred all across the country on January 21, the day after Inauguration Day. … Continued

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

Studying Inequality and the Corruption of Our Democracy

At the UU General Assembly, delegates chose “The Corruption of Our Democracy” as the 2016-2020 Congregational Study Action Issue (CSAI). The text of the CSAI and the new Study Action Guide are now available. The guide addresses how structural racism, economic inequality, violence, and climate change can be addressed through creating a strong movement fighting … Continued

Transitions

On Sunday, November 13, the Board of Directors met with interested members of the congregation to discuss the retirement of the Rev. Connolly next summer and our options for what happens next. The Board showed the UUA material and resources available at the UUA website, including the Transitional Ministry Handbook, and we all watched a … Continued

A Voice for Fairness and Justice

There are religious traditions that encourage passivity. A common teaching is that there is a God who controls everything and that it is the role of human beings to believe that everything that occurs is an aspect of God’s will, and that it is our duty to submit to that will, trusting that in doing … Continued

Ministerial Transitions

As everyone knows, our minister Rev. Connolly is going to retire next summer. In my last perspective, I wrote about how the board will be contacting the UUA to discuss this transition and our options. This is a new experience for us, but every church that has called a minister will one day say farewell … 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

Repairers of the Breach

by Jan Garrett Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach; the restorer of streets to live in.  –Isaiah 58:12. If you regularly attend our Sunday Services, you will recognize some of these prophetic phrases. When we sing Hymn … Continued

Moral Mondays

The leader spoke these words: “We have heard the prophet’s call to repair the breach, and we know our Constitution’s goal of a more perfect union.” We replied in unison: “We reach back to our sacred texts that affirm life, love, and justice. This is what the Lord says: ‘Do what is just and right. … Continued

Donate to Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

In October, our collection on the third Sunday will be donated to the grassroots organization Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC), which comprises 10,000 members across Kentucky. They are builders of New Power who want to address the problems caused by coal mining, make a transition to cleaner and safer forms of energy, reform our tax … Continued

Rev. Connolly speaks about Interfaith Gathering

Here’s an excerpt from Simone Payne’s article “Religious community talks about peace, similarities” in the August 26 issue of Bowling Green Daily News. Unitarian Universalist Church of Bowling Green Pastor Peter Connolly said the interfaith gathering is always a friendly group with good intentions aiming to build a better sense of community communication among people … 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

Let’s Get This Party Started!

Are you a good organizer? Social butterfly? The life of the party? Good! We need your talents! The Caring Community Team is looking for people to develop ideas for, plan, and coordinate church social events this fall. In an effort to build a stronger church spirit and generally joyful camaraderie, we need “people-people” to step … Continued

Growing Spiritually

The word “growth” connotes various things to various people. For most of us, the first thoughts that come to mind are positive. We all want to grow, don’t we, in wisdom, in strength, in proficiency, in maturity? But, growth also means encountering obstacles and overcoming them. For some of us, there is excitement in that. … Continued

Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography

Beginning on Wednesday, September 21, the Rev. Peter Connolly will be leading an adult Religious Exploration class called Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography.  Over the course of eight Sundays, participants will engage in drawing and writing exercises and community-enriching conversations, culminating in the creation by each participant of an 8-to-10-page autobiography written from a spiritual perspective. … Continued