Posts by Julie Stoneberg

A Community of Clarity – February 2019

Can you just be a bit more clear? I need some clarity! Not long ago, I got my first pair of progressive-lens glasses. Before these, I had glasses for distance, and I would wear them only at movies or when driving at night. But, while my eyesight is still pretty good, I find that I…

LOST CONNECTIONS by Johann Hari

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Chasing the Scream, offering a radical new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. We will be meeting January  10th and 24th at 2pm at the home of Donna Flotron, Unit 7, 1850 Cherryhill Rd.  All are welcome to join in the discussion of this interesting book. There was…

UFP Sponsors films at the ReFrame Film Festival

A highlight of Peterborough’s year, the ReFrame Film Festival, is happening January 24-27, 2019. This year, UFP is sponsoring four films that speak to our values and connect to issues of importance for us. These films are 1. Biidaaban, an Anishinabe story about a maple harvester and gender. Based on the writings of Leanne Simpson,…

A Community of PERSEVERANCE – January 2019

“People cry not because they are weak. It’s because they’ve been strong too long.” ~ Shane Koyczan Is perseverance a virtue? Often, we hear advice that makes it sound that way: Buck up! Grin and bear it! Keep pushing! Keep moving forward! Dig deep; you are stronger than you know! But maybe Koyczan is right.…

A Community of Mystery – December 2018

Unitarian Universalists tend to love questions and questioning. We love wondering and trying to figure out life’s mysteries. Sort of like a puzzle to solve. But what if mystery isn’t something to figure out? What if it’s something to be felt and listened to, but not solved? Being a community of mystery isn’t just about…

Let’s put Lotta on a Stamp!

Do you remember the TV and radio commercials in the 1950s, 60s and 70s…the ones with that tiny woman in a uniform with her Czech accent: “This is Lotta Hitschmanova. Please give generously to the Unitarian Service Committee, 56 Sparks Street, Ottawa 4!” If you do remember Lotta, you’re encouraged to sign this petition, and to…

A Community that LEANS IN – November 2018

These are difficult times. Expressions of racism and violent anger continue to target people of colour, immigrants, and gender non-conforming folks. Last Saturday’s shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh deeply affected our Jewish friends, as they again struggle with how dangerous it feels to be ‘publicly Jewish’. We must not forget their…

A Community of Vision – October 2018

Here’s a quote we would do well to remember this month. The author is unknown, but their words are a gift: “What will mess you up most in life is the picture in your head of how it is supposed to be.” This is not how the topic of vision is usually handled. We’re encouraged…