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

Our Love for Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church

“If it excites you and scares you at the same time, you should probably just do it.” Unknown “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” — Suzy Kassem February, and especially the 14th, Valentine’s Day, brings us thoughts of love on an annual basis. But, as Tina Turner sang, “What’s love got to do…

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…

What is Your Vision for OCUUC?

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR ORANGE COAST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH? . “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung  . “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Jonathan Swift  . The OCUUC Board of Trustees…

Refreshed and Renewed

“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.” ― Arnold Bennett “Writing is…

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…