Letters from Leadership

Each week, our leadership publishes a message to keep the congregation informed about what’s happening at UUCE.

From the Board of Trustees

It’s hard to believe, but the end of 2022 is drawing near. We’re in our last month, the weather is getting colder, the streets are lit with twinkling lights, and snow is just around the corner. Another new year is approaching. I know many of us look at a new year as a time to personally reflect, evaluate, and refine ourselves. Resolutions may be made, goals set, intentions defined. For those of us who choose to look at the new…

How’s Religious Education (RE) going?

“How’s Religious Education (RE) going?” I get this question a lot, and it’s a tough one to answer. On the one hand, it’s been a wonderful couple of months with our Youth Group. I know you all know this already, but the Youth of UUCE are caring, smart, fascinating people and it’s a joy to get to spend time with them during RE Classes. Since we started meeting every other week again, they have spent time playing games and getting to…

Climate Voter Pledge from UU the Vote

Climate change is a complex problem. The ways we address it are varied and have different impacts, but all are crucial in addressing climate change. Voting on climate is a critical approach. Our communities are impacted by the climate crisis, but that doesn’t mean we’re powerless. By organizing our churches, neighborhoods, and communities, we build the power necessary to nurture healthy and resilient communities where all can thrive. Together, we can elect officials – from the local to federal levels…

From the Worship Team

After an amazing year of being part of the worship team, I wanted to take some time to acknowledge my unexpected love for our lay led congregation.  While I know many of us are used to having a permanent minister, I for one am so grateful to get the unique chance of experiencing the creative diversity a lay lead church has to offer!  Since returning to UUCE, one of my favorite things has been to hear so many different perspectives,…

From the Revitalization Team

Hello Friends, Earlier in the year, the Revitalization Team, Board of Trustees, and Executive Team joined forces for a Joint Leadership Task Force. The main activity of this task force was to look at how the church was functioning as a lay-led congregation. We came up with a long list of activities that a minister normally leads or is involved in and discussed where we thought we had gaps and what priorities we should work on. One of the things…

From your Church Administrator

You might have noticed there’s been a lot of work taking place on the church’s exterior. When I first started back in the Admin. job two years ago, I noticed the building siding and trim was in much need of care. So, I made a proposal to the Executive Team and the Finance Committee that we start a four-year building maintenance plan which included repairing, replacing (where needed) and staining the cedar siding and trim of our beautiful Prairie Cathedral.…

Hello from your friendly neighborhood Secretary of the UUCE Board!

It’s an exciting time to be part of the board. As we come out of the pandemic, we’re looking ahead toward growing our congregation and finding ways to engage more with the surrounding community. A few ideas have been floated around (parades are fun!), but we are always open to more suggestions that we can look at and share with everyone here. We are also looking at the possibility of bringing the Service Auction back and what that might look…

Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion from the Unitarian Universalist Association

Life is full of hard edges and complicated choices. Braver/Wiser gives you a weekly message of courage and compassion for life as it is. Every Wednesday we deliver an original written reflection and brief prayer, grounded in Unitarian Universalism. Join the Braver/Wiser community and sign up today! Be-coming Out by Heather McDuffee, September 28, 2022 “Don’t come out unless you want to. Don’t come out for anyone else’s sake. Don’t come out because you think society expects you to. Come out for yourself.…

Greetings from the Worship Team

Thank you to everyone that joined us two weeks ago for our In-Gathering / Water Communion service!  It was great to have everyone together once again, including the choir, for the service.  I’m sure the taco luncheon afterwards helped boost attendance, but I hope we’ll continue seeing so many of our friends – old and new – at future services!  Speaking of future services, in the coming weeks we have some of our annual favorites lined up on the schedule. …

Doing things, a little differently

I’ve had a career in non-profits long enough to know: people get nervous about new people who come along and say “we’re going to try doing this a little differently.” Human beings have a tendency to assume that the way we are currently doing this is the correct or best way to do them, and when someone comes a long and proposes a new way, it feels like a criticism or a rebuke. Also, we usually have good reasons for our current methods. Change often feels like…

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)

It’s only the very beginning of September so there are still some warm days left, but the crisp chilly air is not too far off. This is one of my favorite times of year. Along with the changing weather, it’s also time for a new church year. While we have been open for in-person gathering for quite some time, the upcoming Water Communion service and Homecoming celebration (with a catered lunch!) on September 11 will be a wonderful time to…