The President's Perspective (Page 4)

The President's Perspective (Page 4)

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

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 faithful people build.” —Julia Ward Howe 2017/2018 CANVASS As I write this we are not certain of receiving pledges to total the goal amount set…

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 it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me…

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 that we not ignore these challenges.” Janice Marie Johnson “To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it…

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 any one person could be.  Together we can build across the generations.  Together we can renew our hope and faith in the  life that is…

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 winter season brings to us from religious renewal rituals to material presents to a realization that the coldest of seasons is limited and we will…

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 – Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Maulid al-Nabi, Bodhi Day, Winter Solstice, Melissa’s birthday. We must continue to be a haven, as we have been, for those…

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 minister] returns refreshed, filled with new ideas and with rekindled energy. Further, it offers the staff and congregation the opportunity to step up to fill…

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 you moved here? I am so happy to have this church to come back to when Sandie and I returned to Orange County. We are…

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 give in many ways to many needy organizations. We typically give half of our collection basket every Sunday to worthy organizations in our area. 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 company whose headquarters are in El Segundo, California. I wondered why anyone would name their city “Number Two”. The story had more to do with…

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 can appreciate. He is truly a pillar of this community and will still be here for each of us who will need his help and…

President’s Corner – June 2016

Where has the time gone? It hardly seems like it could be two years since I became your president. When I first took on this job I knew that I had some big shoes to fill following Katherine Martin. She had the job of moving us from Victoria to Mesa Verde and bringing on a new minster to OCUUC. As I reflect on this what I have come to realize is that no one does this job on their own.…