donThe regular column by Don Martin, OCUUC's current President. Don can be reached by email at president@ocuuc.org.

Gratefulness and New Beginnings

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson I assume that you are grateful, as am I, for all the goodness that the…

Home for the Holidays

“He drew a circle that shut me out — Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in.” – Edwin Markham I trust that all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now we prepare for the next holiday, whatever you call it…

Minister’s Sabbatical Leave

The sabbatical leave is a tradition for Unitarian Universalist clergy, as it is for the university. It offers an extended time for study, reflection, rest, and renewal – all ingredients for effective ministry. A sabbatical leave is part of the congregation’s covenant agreement with our minister. Just as importantly, the congregation will benefit as [our…

From Here to There (Hint: Sanctuary)

“Follow your heart but take your brain with you.” -Alfred Adler You’ve all been on this journey for decades and you’ve been in this space on Mesa Verde East for some three years – is it time to consider working on the next step, that of completing the sanctuary, that was in your plans when…

Being Generous to Ourselves

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage —pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.'” -Steven Covey We are a very generous congregation – we…

What’s in a Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II This is my second column as your president – “El Segundo” in Spanish. Forgive me while I ramble a bit. The second half of my career I worked for a…

Scarpe Diem

SCARPE DIEM. That’s my attempt at a bad pun – “scarpe”, Italian for shoes – following in the footsteps, etc. No? well I said it was bad, didn’t I? Nonetheless I will attempt, as your new President starting July 1st, to carry on after Tom Loughrey – no small task as you all know and…

President’s Corner – June 2016

Where has the time gone? It hardly seems like it could be two years since I became your president. When I first took on this job I knew that I had some big shoes to fill following Katherine Martin. She had the job of moving us from Victoria to Mesa Verde and bringing on a…

President’s Corner – May 2016

It seems to me that I no sooner write my monthly letter for the Reach and a few days later it is time to write another one. Time flies when we are enjoying ourselves, right? Let me update you on a few things going on around church right now. First, a small group is working…

President’s Corner – April 2016

I want to use my blog this month to talk to you about some things going on right now at OCUUC. First, we are right in the middle of our Annual Canvass campaign with just about two weeks to go until we reach our pledge drive conclusion. If you have not picked up your pledge…