Posts by Julie Stoneberg (Page 3)

a community widening the circle | February 2022

In the old days, when we used to gather in person and set up chairs in a circle (remember that?), I would intentionally leave openings…gaps between chairs where people could enter or exit the circle. Invariably, some well-intended helper would insert a chair in the gap, or shuffle all the chairs together, eliminating the opening.…

JANUARY 2022: KATHERINE MAY’S WINTERING:  THE POWER OF REST AND RETREAT IN DIFFICULT TIMES

A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May’s story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed…

A Community living with intention | January 2022

In a meditation piece found on the UUA website, Rev. Barbara Merritt reflects on the spiritual tension that exists in the idea of New Year’s resolutions. These annual goals, she says, begin with the premise “that thinking of an ideal self will increase the likelihood that you will be transformed.”  The tension lies between the…

A holiday message | 2021

Dear ones,  It’s Christmas Eve, and I’m making final preparations for our candle-lighting service this evening. As I write, I imagine us gathering in our beautiful sanctuary, with the smell of evergreens and apple cider in the air. I greet you as you fall through the doors…rosy-cheeked, family in tow, dressed for the holidays…with songs…

OUR NEW ADMINISTRATOR – WELCOME!

Leslie Menagh is thrilled to join the UFP and BIS teams as the Joint Administrator. Leslie is a Peterborough resident and entrepreneur, community organizer, workshop facilitator, and interdisciplinary artist. She has worked for many years in arts administrative roles and the cultural sector. Most recently she has been operating a business called Madderhouse Textile Studios…

CUC approves 8th Principle on dismantling racism and systemic barriers to full inclusion

On Saturday November 27th, 2021 at a Special Meeting, Canadian Unitarian Universalists voted to approve adding an 8th Principle to the current seven Principles:  “We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to affirm and promote:” Individual and communal action that accountably dismantles racism and systemic barriers to full inclusion in ourselves and our…