Letters from Leadership (Page 2)

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

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…

From the Executive Team

Inside: September 11 date set for mask optional worship services!! Who is planning for the restart of our childcare program, making sure our building is well maintained, checking in that the Worship Team, Music and RE programs have what they need, and debating how reopening of the church should progress? It’s the Executive Team, or ET for short. I’m Mary Harlos and I’m a member of the Executive Team along with Mike Moutrie as Secretary and members Mila Brinker, Steve…

From your Church Administrator

Dear friends,  June 7th and 8th I attended the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrator (AUUA) Zoom Professional Days and Annual Meeting. I had a wonderful experience, and I would like to share with you some of what I took away from this conference.   110 administrators from the US, Canada and Mexico attended Pro Days. As a member of the AUUA, I have committed to continued administrative education, which I love, and it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues.…

From the Worship Team

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of Summer in America. Newer members may not realize it, but for most of our history, Unitarian Universalist churches were closed during the summer. No one is sure where this practice originated, although the prevailing theory links it to the fact that Unitarianism has its root in the Northeastern United States where congregants left town to spend the summer on “the Cape”. Whatever its origins, our own church continued the practice until roughly…

From the Revitalization Team

My son, Ethan, started his first job on Monday.  It is a salaried position with benefits and everything!!  I can barely stand myself!!! Has a mother ever been so proud!?!    Ahem.  As I was saying…  Watching him take this first real step into adulthood makes me think back to when I got my first job.  I was just out of college and had moved into my first real apartment.  It was so freeing!  I could arrange the furniture however I…

From Marj Askins, Religious Education (RE) Coordinator

Religious Education will be taking a Summer Break. As our beloved community prepares for summer, and our families prepare for vacation and adventures, the RE program will wind down classes for a couple of months. The last day of classes will be June 12. Instead, we will be focusing on adding some resources to the sanctuary to make intergenerational services more accessible for both kids and adults! We’re also hoping to plan some more activities with youth from other congregations,…