President’s Perspective

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

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

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

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

My Spiritual Search

When I was four, my Presbyterian parents told me about God, Jesus, and Hell. It was traumatic. I truly thought that my parents were nuts. Forced to attend church while growing up, I endured the painful hour as one endures a necessary but painful medical procedure, and it was painful. Each Sunday as we exited … 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