Category: Monthly Essay

Opening to Joy: Liquid Amber Trees

Opening to Joy:
Liquid Amber Trees
by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Today, during my weekly online Lunch with Rev. Nancy, Frey Leigh finishes up his check-in with the words: “Oh! And I have something for Show and Tell!”

He reaches off camera … read more.

Welcome to the Practice of Holding History: Two Essays

Welcome to the Practice of Holding History: Two Essays
from the writers at the Soul Matters Sharing Circle,
a Unitarian Universalist resource collaborative,
with an introductory note from Rev. Nancy

Before You Read—An Important Note from Rev. Nancy:

Beloveds, in the work of anti-oppression, we student-practitioners … read more.

SPOTLIGHTS FOR MY ENERGIES WITH FUCSJ, 2021-22

“SPOTLIGHTS FOR MY ENERGIES WITH FUCSJ, 2021-22”:

Your Senior Minister’s Goals for the Congregational Year

by Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

“What is mine to do?”

In my reflection from our August 22 worship service, printed elsewhere in this newsletter, I list this question as one of my great learnings … read more.

Remembering How to Play

June/July Theme: Play

by Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

“Across the globe, many of the etymological roots of the word ‘play’ locate it in the visceral: ludere in Latin refers to leaping fishes and fluttering birds. The Anglo-Saxon lâcan means to move like a ship on the waves, … read more.

Frequently Asked Questions: What Is Beloved Community?

Beloved Community—now, there’s a phrase that many good liberal people have tossed around in recent decades. Often the speakers don’t pause to define the phrase. Maybe they assume that we listeners can all just imagine what this kind of community looks and feels like, … read more.

Welcome, 2021! Rebuilding Our Imagination

Dear Year 2021,

Welcome! We are so glad you are here! I mean really—words can’t express how glad we are that you are here! You’ll have to imagine our joyful squeals, our urgent prayers, our hopeful sighs, our whoops of relief, and our great gusts of … read more.

A Letter to Our Near-Future Selves

Dearly Loved Community, Near and Far,

As I write on this late October evening, the stress of all the uncertainties of these past months and years has reached a new level of intensity. The November 3 elections are very close; the pandemic and other natural disasters … read more.