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

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…

From Here to There (Hint: Sanctuary)

“Follow your heart but take your brain with you.” -Alfred Adler You’ve all been on this journey for decades and you’ve been in this space on Mesa Verde East for some three years – is it time to consider working on the next step, that of completing the sanctuary, that was in your plans when…

Being Generous to Ourselves

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage —pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.'” -Steven Covey We are a very generous congregation – we…

What’s in a Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II This is my second column as your president – “El Segundo” in Spanish. Forgive me while I ramble a bit. The second half of my career I worked for a…

Scarpe Diem

SCARPE DIEM. That’s my attempt at a bad pun – “scarpe”, Italian for shoes – following in the footsteps, etc. No? well I said it was bad, didn’t I? Nonetheless I will attempt, as your new President starting July 1st, to carry on after Tom Loughrey – no small task as you all know and…