From the Minister, Thu Dec 14

Let's learn together -- all read a book and talk about it. Or two books. Our national Unitarian Universalist Association has picked two "Common Read" books for 2017-18.

The first book is called Centering. It's an anthology of essays by UU religious leaders of color. They offer stories, analysis, and insight on how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities.

Race is a perplexing and difficult issue in our country -- but how exactly is that playing out in UU congregations? What can we learn from what our leaders of color can tell us? Let's explore this and find out together.

My sermon on Sun Jan 14 will offer my reflections on the insights in this book. You can buy the book on Sunday at a book table we'll have set up in the sanctuary.

You can also buy the second of this year's common reads: Daring Democracy. In a March sermon, I'll be reflecting on this important book.

Our mission includes engaging in service to transform ourselves and our world. Let's learn together how best to transform!

Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18: HERE

Yours in the faith we share,
  • The December issue of On the Journey explores Embodiment. Pick up a copy at CUUC, or view it HERE.
Let's Chat

The Tuesday coffee chat resumes on Dec 12, 3-5pm -- for anyone who might find that a convenient way to get together with their minister.
  • Dec 12 & 19: Starbucks in Vernon Hills Shopping Center, 684 White Plains Rd, Scarsdale
Drop by if you can! You can also make an appointment to see me at CUUC, or invite me to visit your home. Call Pam at the church office (914-946-1660) to schedule either.

Practice of the Week

Dream Big Dreams. If you truly open to this question — What are the dreams that matter to me? — don't worry, you won't get caught up in silly stuff, such as wanting to get super rich and famous. Instead, you'll hear your soul speaking—your essence, your core, your deepest inner wisdom. It's worth listening to what it says. And then worth looking for ways—practical ones, grounded in daily life, that move you forward one real step at a time—to bring your dreams to life. READ MORE

Your Moment of Zen

Very Special. No two grains of sand are exactly the same. No two maple leaves, or blades of grass, or stars in the sky are exactly the same. (Why do snowflakes get all the press?) "Every concept arises from the equation of unequal things" (Nietzsche). So tell me, isn't the uniqueness of everything your practice?

In a group munching grubs one afternoon, Mole remarked, "The Buddha Macaw was very special, wasn't she! I'm sure there has never been anyone like her."
Raven said, "Like the madrone tree."
Mole asked, "How is the madrone tree unique?"
Raven said, "Every madrone leaf."
Mole fell silent.
Porcupine asked, "How does the uniqueness of every madrone leaf relate to the practice?"
Raven said, "Your practice."
There's never been anyone like anyone --
Each of us changing the world,
All day, every day.
I have known a million Red Oak leaves,
And still know nothing of the next one,
Case by Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith Garmon
Previous Moment of Zen
Saturday Zen Practice at CUUC: HERE

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Practice: Dream Big Dreams

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