Category: From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

From Rev. Barbara’s Couch: July 2021

By the Rev. Barbara Threet

Well, it’s been quite a week for confronting racism in our country!

On Tuesday, June 15, a moderate won a close election to become the next President of the Southern Baptist church. The candidates disagreed on several issues, including racial reconciliation and … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Couch: June 2021

 I write this column on May 20, which, among other things, is World Bee Day. 

Bees, as you probably know, are in trouble. U.S. National Agricultural Statistics show a honey-bee decline from about 6 million hives in 1947 to 2.68 million hives in 2017. In the U.S., … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Couch: May 2020

By the Rev. Barbara Threet

It’s almost May already – a third of 2001 has already passed! The 2020-21 church year is drawing to a close!

UU churches (and many other religious bodies too) all across the country are contemplating what this autumn might bring. Many of … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Couch (April 2021)

by the Rev. Barbara Threet

The end of this most unusual period of time seems to be in sight, as we pass the one-year mark. Vaccination rates are rising, schools are re-opening, and many UU churches are tentatively planning to hold services in our sanctuaries again … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Couch: February 2021

by the Rev. Barbara Threet

What a truly magnificent day it was last Wednesday! Enough pomp and tradition and gravitas, enough adaptation and innovation, a poem that was beyond stunning (I think ‘breathtaking’ would be the appropriate word), music that was wonderful – and a new … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Couch: January 2021

By the Rev. Barbara Threet

A new year. A huge sigh of relief – 2021 can’t possibly be any harder or unfamiliar or challenging that 2020 was! Well, it simply can’t – can it?

I pray not. I hope not! I long for a rhythm that feels … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk: June 2020

By the Rev. Barbara Threet

Well, we’re drawing to the end of a MOST peculiar church year! Who would ever have imagined last December that in just a few months, churches (and schools, and sports arenas, and shopping malls, and barber shops, and so much more) … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

The Rev. Barbara Threet

A postcard arrived in the mail a few days ago which said, “Thanks for your bulb order. We have determined that in your area, it is too early to plant these bulbs. We are holding your order and will send them at … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

The Rev. Barbara Threet

This evening (Saturday, January 18), I really wish I could foretell the future!  Well, I wish I could at least know exactly how much snow we’re really going to get overnight, and whether it will be easy to shovel in the morning … read more.

From Rev. Barbara’s Desk

by the Rev. Barbara Threet

All last night the wind howled and raged. The thermometer stands at zero now, as dawn approaches, and the wind chill is nearly -20. There are scattered power outages, and for those who must be out repairing wires, this must be … read more.