Grace Notes

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In a new year in an old world that seems to have taken some disastrously wrong turns, I find myself struggling to maintain balance and a positive outlook. By word of mouth, TV, and print, I’m aware that others are having some of the same difficulties. In my Sunday talk I plan to share some notes (let’s call them “grace notes”) that help me to step forward into the world. I hope that they might help others re-enter life fully and with grace.

Jeanne Foster grew up in New Orleans. She graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She lives now in Berkeley CA, where she is Professor Emerita at Saint Mary College of California. She is former minister of the UU society in Modesto and a former Worship Associate of UUCB. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals. Her first poetry book, A Blessing of Safe Travel, won the Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award. Her most recent book of poems, Goodbye, Silver Sister, was published by Northwestern University Press. Among her other books are Appetite: Food as Metaphor (BOA), an anthology of poems by women, and a critical work, A Music of Grace: the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry, which asks the question, Is there still sacred ground to stand on? She is co-translator of The Living Theatre: Selected Poems of Bianca Tarozzi (BOA), which won the Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation. Her latest poetry book is Your Form Became My Own (Ramsay Books, 2023). She has received grants from New York State Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Saint Lawrence Foundation, and Lannan Foundation, and is aformer Poet-in-Residence at Tulane.

Worship Leader: Dr. Jeanne Foster

Worship Associate: Diana Mecum