The President's Perspective

The President's Perspective

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

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…

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 one But 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…

This is the world of light and speech

“I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.” – George Eliot/Mary Ann Evans Cross, 1819-1880 This quote really resonated with me. I received it as one of the First…

Importance of Heroes

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” -George Washington Carver, 1864–1943 As a girl, I had access to a small library at my parochial school.  One of my favorite books was a biography of George Washington Carver. Professor Carver was an African American who was born…

A Busy Summer

Jennifer Abt has been the editor of this publication for many years. Effective this edition, Jennifer turned over the editor position to Linda Clough. Jennifer did an outstanding job as the REACH editor on top of her many duties as bookkeeper for OCUUC. We at OCUUC are all grateful to Jennifer for her generous gifts of time and talent. A big thank you also to Linda for volunteering to be the new editor. I hope you are all doing well…

Beginning of a New Term

Here we are already in July and beginning our new fiscal church year.  We are off to a great start thanks to all of you who pledged generously to our 2020/2021 operating budget demonstrating your love of our community and commitment to continuing the mission of OCUUC. July 1 marks the beginning of a new term of service for many elected positions including the Board of Trustees, Nominators, and Stewards. We are welcoming four new members to the Board this…

From our Interim President

I somehow thought retirement would look something different than this. Oh well. As my friend Sheri has told me, “We make plans; God laughs”. May has been quite busy as we deal with all the end of year activity compounded by the open questions of when and how and if we can re-open for whatever the new normal looks like. PUG has met to talk about these issues with no clear resolution yet. We know it won’t be soon and…

Navigating Our Way

What a difference a month makes. I just reread what I wrote for last month’s Reach article and there was, of course, no mention of a Covid-19 worldwide pandemic. Until three weeks ago, I, and I imagine many of you, were blissfully unaware this virus would erupt to the extent it has here at home. Reverend Sian and the Staff, the Board of Trustees, and so many other members of our wonderful OCUUC community have all jumped in to work…

The Quakers are Moving In

We have the very good news to share that OCUUC has signed a ten-year lease with the Orange County Friends Meeting (Quakers) for Suites 8 and 9 commencing June 1, 2020.  This wonderful news was first announced to the congregation at the February 16, 2020 Townhall meeting held after the Sunday service. Let me give you some background on how this excellent arrangement for us and the Quakers has come to fruition. In June of 2019 an OCUUC Property Use…

Outcome of Special Congregational Meeting

A special congregational meeting was held January 19, 2020 for OCUUC members to vote on the following motion: “Authorize the OCUUC Pledge Drive Committee and the New Sanctuary Task Force to move forward with a combined operating fund and capital fund campaign to determine the financial feasibility of replacing the building housing suites 3-5 with a new OCUUC sanctuary.” Prior to voting on the motion, Nancy Loughrey presented the Proposed New Sanctuary Report, prepared by the OCUUC Property Use Group…

Two Important Meetings

We have two important meetings coming up in January to which all OCUUC members and friends are invited and are encouraged to attend. Sunday, January 12 at noon in Daniels Hall a Power Point presentation will be shown about the new sanctuary project followed by Q&A. Please attend and bring your questions and comments. Sunday, January 19 at noon in Daniels Hall a special Congregational meeting will be held to vote on the following: Approval of the concept of replacing…