The President's Perspective (Page 3)

The President's Perspective (Page 3)

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

Birds

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. – Victor Hugo God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. – Jacques Deval Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. – Henry Van Dyke My theme this month is birds for several reasons.…

Can We Fail?

“You can’t fail if you don’t quit. You can’t succeed if you don’t start.” – Michael Hyatt “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” –Harriet Beecher Stowe “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good…

DÉJÀ VU All Over Again

“It’s déjà vu all over again.” Yogi Berra “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there” Yogi Berra “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” also Yogi I must confess, I was only a baseball fan while I was a teenager and, somehow, didn’t get infected with the zeal that a true fan needs. I was, however, fascinated by all the sayings attributed to Yogi Berra, the erstwhile catcher for the New…

Pledge Campaign

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” Kalu Ndukwe Kalu Our Pledge Campaign kickoff is underway beginning with the Canvass Luncheon on March 3 at the Costa Mesa Country Club after church. We hope and expect to see a huge number of OCUUCers there…

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 with it?” The feast day was originally an honoring of one or more Saints named Valentine and had more to do with their holy works…

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.  And understand that if you don’t do a building project, you’re going to lose some folks as well.” Dr. Wayne Clark, UUA I am aware…

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 sure all of you can relate to. I am so convinced that there is a clear path from here to building and occupying a new…

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 has recently taken on a vision-developing process at each monthly meeting. My own personal vision statement for OCUUC is as follows: “The vision for Orange…

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 not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture…

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 So here we are – beginning a new church year at Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church. We’ve got a newly instituted Board of Trustees, a…

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 that slips easily into iambic pentameter.) This month’s blog is about the changes in leadership of our church, Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church. As of…

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 to OCUUC and helped in the process to continue our getting to know each other in the ensuing dinners, plays, games, and other social delights…