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.

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…

We Will Get There

Thank you for your trust and honoring me with the presidency. It should be a great year and I am truly looking forward to it. This is not my first time around this flagpole, and I am fully aware that I will need lots of help and understanding. We are an awesome congregation. I know it will happen. The pandemic has challenged all of us for many months and it turns out that discovering what our new normal will be…

Thanks

This is my last blog post as President of the OCUUC Board of Trustees. I have served three consecutive one-year terms as President with this final year’s term ending June 30, 2021. I am glad to have one last opportunity to correspond with you via this platform. Serving as President these last three years has been fulfilling, sometimes a challenge, and always an honor. Thank you all for allowing me to serve in this capacity. I am grateful to be part of…

Re-opening

If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it’s pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting. Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957 The quote above describes how I have experienced working with the members and friends of OCUUC. We are the “little engine that could” when it comes to harnessing our ideas, energy and actions to accomplish all things large and small. Due to the roll out of Covid-19 vaccinations, California has moved into…

Sailing Forward Together

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. Dolly Parton What can I say about Dolly Parton? I just love her. She is the gift that keeps on giving and what she has given me today is this nugget of wisdom to reflect upon.  Think of all the ways we personally and as a church community have had to adjust our sails to adjust to the winds of change brought on by Covid-19. In my humble opinion, thanks…

New Beginnings

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain, 1835 – 1910 Now that spring is officially here, it is time for new beginnings, longer days of sunlight, and Covid vaccinations on the way for everyone! In the not-too-distant future, we will be…

Moving Forward With New Sanctuary

On February 21, 2021 at a special congregational meeting, the OCUUC members present and voting overwhelming approved the motion to move forward with the proposed design and funding plans for the new sanctuary building. Hurray for all of us! This is a momentous step in the history of our congregation and one for which many people have carefully and diligently worked to reach this point and outline the path forward. So many people have given generously of their time, talent and…
People greeting by touching arms and wearing masks

New Members and New Sanctuary

“We have made a huge difference this year in the lives of our neighbors, in the care and protection of our communities, and in the strength of our democracy. This remains to me a source of hope and strength and joy. We are resilient. We have everything we need. We are enough. Love will continue to guide us.” Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, President UUA, January 2021 2021 is off to a big start at OCUUC. On January 31, 2021 we…

A New Year

There are only two days in which nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live. The Dalai Lama Happy New Year to you all! Despite the hardships we experienced in 2020 due to the pandemic and likely more hardships to come for at least part of 2021, I believe we all have much to look forward to in this coming year.…

Hope is on the Horizon

Here we are in December of 2020, a year like no other in our lifetimes. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on so many things we all used to take for granted, like family and friends gathering for the holidays and celebrating the season together at our church services. Thanks to our wonderful minister, music director, RE director, and our volunteer geek squad we can all still see each other through Zoom services and meetings. However, it sure will be nice…

A Positive Difference

I am only oneBut still I am one.I cannot do everything,But still I can do something.And because I cannot do everything,I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. Edward Everett Hale, 1822 – 1909 This quote made me think of all the people at OCUUC who, with all of our contributions and working together, can and do make a positive difference for ourselves and community. One of the ways OCUUC made a positive difference this last…