The President's Perspective (Page 2)

The President's Perspective (Page 2)

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

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…

Keep the Light Shining

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, some of us are celebrating the different traditions of the season and some of us keep our heads down and wait for all the hoopla to end. Whichever approach you take, it is almost impossible not to notice the signs, sounds and sights of the holidays. I have heard that December 25 was set as the date of Christmas to coincide with the Pagan tradition of celebrating the winter solstice which…

Ways to Participate at OCUUC

“Together may we walk the path of justice, speak words of love, live the selfless deed, trod gently upon the earth, and fill the world with compassion.” –Kathy A. Huff For me, one of the greatest things about being a member of OCUUC is the warmth and strength of our church community. I have come to better know many of you by participating in church life through service on various committees and the Board, and by attending Sunday services, church…

FULL CALENDAR OF FALL OFFERINGS

Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love the clear days of sunshine and the hint we are starting to get of cooler days to come. Orange is my favorite color, so I get to see and wear a lot of it at this time of year. For autumn fun for all ages, we will be holding our Fall Auction November 2, 2019 at 5 pm. Please mark your calendars to attend this important and always enjoyable fundraising…

Annual Board Retreat

The OCUUC Board of Trustees held their annual board retreat from 9 AM to 2 PM on September 25, 2019 followed by the August board meeting. It was a full and informative day of discussions and getting to better know each other. Rev. Sian Wiltshire and our ministerial intern, Rica Kaufel joined us for the retreat. The purpose of a Board Retreat is to get acquainted, set norms, and set the Board’s priorities for the church year so that we…

With Time and Nurturing All Things Can Grow

“Away, away, from men and towns, To the wild wood and the downs, — To the silent wilderness, Where the soul need not repress its music.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley I am out exploring parts of the wild woods and downs this month and writing this column on the shores of the Oregon coast. Audrey and I are traveling in our RV up the California, Oregon and Washington coasts. We had planned to travel inland as well, but drought and lightning storms…

A Sense of Belonging

“We all want to feel a sense of belonging. This isn’t a character flaw. It’s fundamental to the human experience. Our finest achievements are possible when people come together to work for a common cause.” Rosalind Wiseman I came upon OCUUC about four and a half years ago. I remember the first Sunday service I attended, I thought, “Oh my gosh, I love this place!” The inspirational and thought provoking sermon I heard from Reverend Sian that Sunday was so exciting…

People are Good

“We gather together for peace, love and justice for everyone” are the words we sing each week at our service. I am inspired by these words and proud to serve as OCUUC’s new Board President. Thank you for nominating and electing me to this important position within our church. I will work hard with the OCUUC board and with all of you to make this next year one we can all be proud of due to our accomplishments and love for…