Posts by Julie Stoneberg

Happy Summer!

June 30, 2017 My friends, This is the time of year when I ‘go to the well.’ I am soon heading off for summer holidays in Minnesota and Wisconsin. There I’ll be spending time with family and friends, visiting old haunts, and lazing time away by looking at, swimming in, and being on water. When…

Listening to the Minority Voice

At our May 2017 AGM, it was proposed that in our deliberations, as a congregation, we consider the voices of those who are usually voiceless. The idea was brought forward by our Indigenous Working Group, and inspired by a chapter in a book of Indigenous essays titled Original Instructions. In her chapter, “An Okanagan Worldview…

A Community of Mindfulness – June 2017

Mindfulness is something that has gotten great traction in western society over the past few decades. This should perhaps come as no surprise. Given the increasingly bifurcated nature of our lives, mindfulness, as a practice that focuses on the present moment, is a deeply enriching experience for some, and a survival tactic for others. Jon…

A Community of Unfolding – May 2017

I remember a time as a teenager, riding on the tailgate of a pickup, gazing backwards as the truck drove forward up a hill. Watching the fields and trees disappear behind me, I experienced a strange sensation… it was as if the landscape I was leaving was doubling in on itself, folding itself up. And,…

Serving with Spirit: nUUrturing UU Leaders

Summer UU Leadership Workshops Do you wish that you experienced your participation in your congregation as an expression of ministry, not primarily an obligation to do your part? We invite you to a weekend to explore where you find the “springs” which fill your life’s well of energy, and how you can live out of…

WHAT DID YOU DO ON SABBATICAL?

Last week, in the Flame, Rev. Julie asked, “Did you enjoy your sabbatical? YOUR sabbatical, I mean…the one that offered you a break from the expected and familiar…the one that perhaps called on you to do/be something more…something out of your comfort zone?” (If you missed that article, here’s a link.) To upset the normal…

A Community Who Takes Risks – April 2017

Three months. Ninety days of taking chances. Over three thousand hours without the safety net of ‘the usual.’ Somehow, we survived. And, here we are, arriving back in a place that is both familiar and different…returning to what we know while at the same time knowing all kinds of stuff we didn’t know before. Did…