Category: From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

by the Rev. Barbara Threet

One of the real joys for me as your minister last year was facilitating the Building Your Own Theology class, with its rich discussions about what God is (or isn’t), where we find the Holy (or don’t), what human nature is, … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

by the Rev. Barbara Threet

Membership. Church membership, Board membership, even membership in a family or a city, a political party or a social network, or in the human race itself. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what ‘membership’ means and what it entails. Several … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

by the Rev. Barbara Threet

A September newsletter: summer must be winding down, and autumn approaching! Summer at UUCGF is slower, of course, but not dormant. There have been several summer services, and several committees and the Board have continued to meet. We’ve continued discussions about … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk: June 2019

by the Rev. Barbara Threet

Not too long ago, a grandson came across mention of a very famous artwork, and decided to ask me about it. “What’s the Sis-tine Chapel?” he asked. So we got out books and looked online and explored many pictures and comments. … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

by the Rev. Barbara Threet

Each year, the UUA’s Skinner House Books publishes at least one meditation manual. Some are written by UU clergy, some by lay members, and some are anthologies. I use them a lot for meditation, as sparks of inspiration, and as readings … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

by the Rev. Barbara Threet

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about plastic, and how much of it I use, and how I could use less.

I’ve made some changes long ago – switched to canvas shopping bags (except for when I forget to put them back … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

by the Rev. Barbara Threet

Recently I’ve been reading a lovely little book called ‘Silence in the Age of Noise’, written by Erling Kagge, a Norwegian explorer and the first person to reach the South Pole alone. I’m discovering all sorts of gems. Here’s one that … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

By the Rev. Barbara Threet

Poet Langston Hughes wrote:

In time of silver rain
The earth puts forth new life again,
Green grasses grow
And flowers lift their heads,
And over all the plain
The wonder spreads

Of Life, Of Life, Of life!

In time of silver rain
The butterflies … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

By the Rev. Barbara Threet

I write this on the day of Solstice, the day of the physical turning of the year. It’s only 10 days until the turning of the calendar year. Endings and beginnings, both of them. I often use UU meditation manuals as … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

One of the oldest holiday traditions in my daughters’ lives is the baking of Auntie Mary’s cookies.

I don’t remember where the recipe came from – maybe some holiday edition of the Oneonta Star? I have no idea who Auntie Mary is, or where she got … read more.