The President's Perspective

The President's Perspective

The regular column by Nancy Loughrey, OCUUC's current President. Nancy can be reached by email at president@ocuuc.org.

Updates for August

It is a new church year and a great time for beginnings. I am really looking forward to working with our excellent Board and all of you to make OCUUC all it can be. We have so many opportunities. The Environmental Film Festival promises to be a fantastic event and our beloved Camp deBenneville Pines weekend is in the works for October. It was a pleasure to work with Carolina Tercero Brandon, Eva Lu Goodwin Noriega, Nina Smith and Phyllis…

July 10th Worship Service

I am looking forward to a new church year! As grateful as I am to the work of last year’s Board, I anticipate another great year with our new Board. Thank you to all who serve. On July 10, a group of us are leading the Sunday Service to share our recent experiences with racism and anti-racism. It has been a transformative journey for many of us, and we understand we are on a very long path. In addition to…

We are Awesome

May completed our onsite Ukrainian Refugee program. Everyone who is not with their sponsor has moved to a dormitory in Los Angeles, and our two-story building is almost empty again. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who donated items, made meals and grocery runs, did onsite stays, drove, and made it all happen. I have been so impressed by all the volunteer response and compassion. We are awesome! The Annual Meeting is upon us. I hope…

Volunteerism

April has been a busy and exciting month! I am so proud of all of us! We had a great kickoff to our Pledge Drive, welcomed six new members, had a staffed table at the local Earth Day celebration to promote our Environmental Film Festival, and we created and implemented an amazing program to support Ukrainian Refugees. Whew! Since I was most involved with the Ukrainian Refugee Program, I particularly want to call out all the volunteers who have made…

Survey Results

Dealing with our policies on COVID 19 have been a significant part of my efforts this month (year!), so the updates are my President’s article! Thank you to the 87 of you who completed the survey on our COVID policies. Your feedback is really helpful in making these tough decisions. If you are interested, the results are here. The Task Force feels 87 is a great response rate and represents us well. We have decided to make a few tweaks…

Exploration

I love coming to Daniels Hall on Sunday mornings. For me, the experience is richer and deeper. I know it doesn’t work for many, but it works for me. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve found myself picking up my cell phone more often because it is so much easier to clearly communicate than on email or text. Electronic media is wonderful in some ways but limiting in others. Our congregation has had fewer challenges than some others because…

One loving community

A big shout out to Randy Kokal for organizing our special online collection for Camp de Benneville Pines at the end of December. Our lovely camp is dear to many of us. He saw a need and made it happen. Thank you! De Benneville reports they did meet their goal of $175,000 from over 600 donors from all over Southern California and beyond. Last year at this time, I was about to start working at the Vaccine Center at Disneyland.…

A Year Like No Other

In February we approved the construction of a new sanctuary, in late May we added back onsite Sunday services. These were both very good things. Of course, the construction is taking longer than we’d hoped and we still need to monitor our activities for COVID safety. 2021 was certainly a year like no other, and I for one am grateful we now have a new one. I am looking forward to this year and what it may bring. As I sat in Daniels Hall…

Take Time for Yourself

I have a mixed feelings about December. I love the community, shared rituals, seeing family and friends, and reconnecting with the legacies provided by them. I dislike the busyness, the obligation to buy “meaningful and welcome” presents, and the stress of getting “it” all done. Even though I am no longer engaged for pay, it is still daunting. This season, I wish all the things I love to each of you. We should all be so blessed. I give you…

A Year From Now?

At our last Board Meeting October 23rd, the Board considered all the changes that are happening in our church and our community. The two biggies are the pandemic and our new Sanctuary-to-be. Of course that’s just the start! We talked about the different kinds of change: short or long term,  technical (a solid “fix” is possible, i.e. we all need to learn to use Zoom) or adaptive (more systemic and not as possible to “fix” i.e. some people prefer Zoom…

It’s Good to be Back

Tom and I had a wonderful trip around our country. 7374 miles, two hurricanes, one parent, two children and spouses, three grandchildren, four siblings and spouses, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends later, we are back. All of it was a few at a time and as COVID safe as we could manage. My overriding impression is of a fantastically diverse and spectacularly beautiful country, and how lucky we are to be able to visit the people and see everything we…

Be Engaged

We have so much to look forward to as Rev. Sian returns from sabbatical and we start the church year. We are all looking forward to figuring out our “new normal” and to some new and returning programs. Sermon Discussion Groups will re-form soon, and the Fall Auction is planned for November 6th. Depending on the survey results, we might even have a de Benneville weekend soon at our camp in the San Bernardino mountains. On top of all the…