This is the world of light and speech

“I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.” - George Eliot/Mary Ann Evans Cross, 1819-1880

This quote really resonated with me. I received it as one of the First Light Meditations sent daily by Rev. Galen Guengerich, lead pastor of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. If you would like to receive the daily meditation from Rev. Guengerich, please click

Mary Ann Evans Cross was a Victorian age writer who published her works under the pen name of George Eliot. She did this in order to be taken more seriously by those who may have dismissed her writings because of her gender. Thankfully, our society has progressed over time to increase the equal and fair treatment of all individuals. We can be proud that as Unitarian Universalists we have played an important part in this process.

One of the most important things we can all do to continue to advance progress and our Unitarian Universalist principles is to vote in the upcoming election Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Now, more than ever, we must exercise this precious right and make our voices heard with our votes.

There are many activities and projects under way at OCUUC despite not being able to gather together in person for some time. Many of us have become familiar with using Zoom which is key to staying connected. If you do not know how or are having difficulties using Zoom, please contact our church Zoom Geek Squad at

As always, there is much going on at OCUUC. A complete list of all church meetings and activities can be found on our website under the Events tab.

Some of the activities coming up soon are:

- Drive thru free flu shot clinic at OCUUC Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 9:30 am to 12 pm.
- 3rd Annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Family Film Festival, Saturday, October 17, 2020, 6:30 pm. To buy tickets to this virtual event:
- Pandemic Pandemonium Virtual Fall Auction, November 7, 2020. The Fall Auction is open and ready. You can log in and register at

Keep busy, keep going, and above all, please vote November 3rd.

Debra Quam