UU Asheville Weekly Message

The Purpose of Joy in the Midst of Turmoil

Recently I have been struggling to celebrate and find joy when it feels like the world is falling apart, when there is too much to mourn on this little blue speck. It seems I have lost some of my emotional elasticity.  I can’t move from fear, and grief, and outrage...

Spotlighting Environmental Action

Greetings Friends! I was invited by Rev. Claudia to write a  blog about what the Environmental Action Team has been up to. And since I am chilling at home resting a wounded shoulder, I thought “Why not, it’ll keep me from getting bored and I can brag about this...

The Meaning of Pride

Mars and I were walking down in Greenwich Village one sunny day a few years back, when I glanced casually aside at the wall we were passing. We were under one of the innumerable fabricated construction awnings, so the whole area felt hidden, but I suddenly tuned...

Introducing our new Director of Administration: David McKaig

David comes to UU Asheville with a lifelong love of reading, bookselling, classical music and great film, most notably CITIZEN KANE. Born in coastal Texas, he grew up among oil refineries and the Gulf of Mexico before attending college in Houston as a performance...

One Blind Man’s Take on Church

You probably know the parable of the blind men and the elephant: A group of blind men try to understand a strange new animal brought to their town – an elephant – each by feeling a part of it. Their descriptions were of course vastly different, but quite reasonably...

Let’s Go All In for the Kids

As we come to the end of the 2023-24 Religious Exploration year, I’ve had time for a few moments of reflection between planning for the summer and for next year. When I think about the good work we do here, it always makes me think of some of the words that guide...

Eclipsing Challenges

As we gather under the vast canopy of our shared sky, we are reminded of the profound beauty and mystery of the universe. A couple of weeks ago, we were blessed to witness a celestial event that captivated hearts and minds —the solar eclipse. Just as the moon...

Goodbye

My departure as your Director of Administration is bittersweet.  As Rev. Audette mentioned in our latest eNews,  I have a wonderful new career opportunity that awaits, and yet, I am deeply sad to be leaving you. I am so proud of this congregation and the work of...

What Matters in Community?

As part of my work here at UU Asheville, I am compelled to contemplate “What is community?” Often in progressive spaces, and especially in progressive faith spaces, a common refrain is “It doesn’t matter who you are, you are welcome here!” I don’t like that...

Justice Ministry is Widening the Circle

Last night Sandburg Hall was buzzing with conversation during a speed dating exercise. Participants were asked to share about their experiences engaging in justice work to support voting rights and democracy. As we debriefed the exercise there was a common thread...

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