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Migrants in Texas

At a Sunday service in October, Lisa and John shared their experiences when visiting our border with Mexico. CLICK HERE FOR THEIR PRESENTATION About the Speakers: Married ten years, John and Lisa have recently retired from their respective occupations as engineer and nurse-midwife.   John, upon meeting Lisa, immediately realized that he had found a partner … Continued

Embracing Change

In December 2018, I had the privilege of traveling to China in my role as Head of the Department of Modern Languages. I traveled with the coordinator of the Chinese Program at WKU to visit our students who are studying abroad this year in Nanjing and Beijing. I could not have asked for a better … Continued

Winter Solstice Spiral

Winter Solstice Night 5:30 Wednesday 20 December 2017 As the year turns and winter begins, come walk a spiral path of evergreens with music and candlelight.  All ages welcome! If you’d like to help create this event, contact Janeen at website@uubgky.org. We’ll need pine boughs and greenery, which can be brought to the church on … Continued

In Transition

We are a church in transition. As we embark on the interim process after the retirement of our settled minister who served our church for eight years, we will naturally revisit existing ideas. At the end of September, about thirty people in our congregation met to re-examine our ecological values and our commitment to the … 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

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