Posts by Julie Stoneberg (Page 3)

Destination: Beloved Community | May 15, 2021

At the CUC’s AGM on May 8th, following a report from the Dismantling Racism Study group, there was a spontaneous motion from the floor to adopt the 8th principle, which states: “We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to affirm and promote: “Individual and communal action that accountably dismantles racism and other…

A Community of STORY – May 2021

In each of his 2003 Massey Lectures, Thomas King began by recalling the story of the turtle supporting the world on its back, which leads one to ask what’s under the turtle. “Another turtle” is the answer, followed by the same question, and the same answer, and so on, until one might ask how many…

New covenant for ufp?

On Sunday, April 4, we began to test-run a possible new covenant. A few folks have offered suggested, and they’re included in the words below. What do you think? If you’ve got feedback, please send it along to Rev. Julie.  Grounded in love, and enriched by our differences,we gather in this community… To embrace life…

A community of Becoming – APRIL 2021

I’m something of a student of Process Theology, or perhaps better to say, I’m becoming a student. Process Theology is a way of framing existence and meaning within the rubric of change…with an understanding that we are constantly becoming…never finished, never stagnant, always growing and renewing ourselves. This way of looking at the world and…

A People of Commitment – March 2021

About a hundred years ago, Rev. Lewis B. Fisher, the dean of the Universalist seminary at St. Lawrence University, described his faith in this way. “Universalists are often asked to tell where they stand. The only true answer…is that we do not stand at all, we move.” It seems to me that commitment is traditionally…

A PASTORAL LETTER FROM REV. ANNE BARKER

The events of January 6, 2021 in the US, and the anticipated challenges to democracy over the next few days and weeks have left many of us unsettled to say the least. In times like this we are grateful to be able to lean on our faith, and one another for strength and support. Read…

A COMMUNITY OF IMAGINATION – jANUARY 2021

It’s the beginning of a new year and we are all trying to imagine what 2021 will bring. On the one hand, time is simply marching on. On the other, the question of ‘what’s gonna happen’ invites us to imagine a new way. The simple framing of this as a ‘new year’ creates a clean slate.

Fum, fum fum! 

On December five and twenty…I’m wishing each one of you a deep peace.  There’s been a great convergence in the sky, a great (annual) meet-up of multiple holidays and holy days from various traditions, and a great melancholy within…at least within me. I am grateful for all that I have…and I wish ‘things’ were different.…

a COMMUNITY OF STILLNESS – dECEMBER 2020

There’s a lot of talk in this packet about stillness. Talking, and thinking, and watching, and practicing. But, what of STILLNESS? How might we experience it, and listen to it, and learn from it? In truth, there is no such thing as complete stillness; it’s impossible. Our bodies, our breathe, our very atoms, are in…