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

New Beginnings

“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.” —Rainer Maria Rilke “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” —Joseph Campbell…

Prez Sez for July

“Stories don’t end,” he says. “They just turn into new beginnings.”  – Lindsay Eagar   “I must finish what I’ve started, even if, inevitably, what I finish turns out not to be what I began.” – Salman Rushdie Well, it’s the end of OCUUC Fiscal Year 2016/2017 and the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017/2018 (not something…

Many Hands Make Light Work

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Henry Ford As we wind up our fiscal year I’d like us to reflect on the many successes we’ve had in the past twelve months. We put together two highly successful auctions, Fall and Spring, and made record amounts of income promised…

Caring for OCUUC

Caring for OCUUC Financially “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration but its donation.” —Corrie Ten Boom “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.” —C.S. Lewis “Ambitious people climb, but…

Do April Showers Bring May Flowers?

“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time. I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.” Georgia O’Keeffe “The fact that I can plant a seed and…

Where Are We Going?

“Men have never done much when the heart has been cold; and what have they not done, what have they not subdued, when the heart has been quickened to generous emotions?” William Ellery Channing “We are often called to do the difficult, if not the seemingly impossible, and it is vital to our spiritual growth…

A Long Journey

“We build on foundations we did not lay We warm ourselves by fires we did not light  We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant  We drink from wells we did not dig  We profit from persons we did not know  This is as it should be.  Together we are more than…

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…