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

With Time and Nurturing All Things Can Grow

“Away, away, from men and towns, To the wild wood and the downs, — To the silent wilderness, Where the soul need not repress its music.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley I am out exploring parts of the wild woods and downs this month and writing this column on the shores of the Oregon coast. Audrey and…

A Sense of Belonging

“We all want to feel a sense of belonging. This isn’t a character flaw. It’s fundamental to the human experience. Our finest achievements are possible when people come together to work for a common cause.” Rosalind Wiseman I came upon OCUUC about four and a half years ago. I remember the first Sunday service I…

People are Good

“We gather together for peace, love and justice for everyone” are the words we sing each week at our service. I am inspired by these words and proud to serve as OCUUC’s new Board President. Thank you for nominating and electing me to this important position within our church. I will work hard with the OCUUC…

Birds

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. – Victor Hugo God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. – Jacques Deval Use what talents you possess; the woods would be…

Can We Fail?

“You can’t fail if you don’t quit. You can’t succeed if you don’t start.” – Michael Hyatt “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that…

DÉJÀ VU All Over Again

“It’s déjà vu all over again.” Yogi Berra “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there” Yogi Berra “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” also Yogi I must confess, I was only a baseball fan while I was a teenager and, somehow, didn’t get infected with…

Pledge Campaign

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” Kalu Ndukwe Kalu Our Pledge Campaign kickoff is underway beginning with the…

A Reconsideration of Building a New Sanctuary

“No one is going to stand up and hand you a plate of progress in life. You must make progress by your own sheer will, discipline, and efforts every day.” Brendon Burchard “Start small, start now” Seth Godin “I can guarantee you that whatever it is you decide to build, you will lose some people. …

What Inspires You?

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” Leonardo da Vinci “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” Theodore Roosevelt I had great difficulty starting this month’s column as “I couldn’t find inspiration,”  a situation I’m…