Category: Minister’s Column: Woods Working

Holiday Blessings

The sudden snap of frost

released the last leaves from our trees;

their lives now fully lost

they float so delicately freed

and, upon landing,

sound the crunching trumpet

of dessication.

How odd that sliding through them,

I am euphoric –

not lonely –

as cold opens the door to holiday cheer,

as well as meteoric

roller … read more.

Woods Working: “Anger and Gratitude”

Saturday morning, October 27, 2018, a man with an AR-15 and 3 Glock handguns walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, yelling “All the Jews need to die.” He proceeded to kill eleven people and wound eight others. Four policemen were shot … read more.

Woods Working: Here We GO!

How did summer go by so quickly? Mine was truly rejuvenating! I hope yours was too. It is entirely appropriate for each of us and our families to have a relaxing and restful break from the busy activities of our regular year.

After Labor Day, we … read more.

Woods Working: Allowing Awe

Now, on the week of Lughnassadh (the cross quarter in the Wheel of the Year between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox), though I am back from vacation, I am holding on to the awe and wonder of this amazing and fragile planet, as … read more.

Woods Working: “Appreciation”

As the school year ends for summer, so do a lot of UU congregational activities. Though very few of us leave the halls of academia to work the fields of food stuff, this rhythm of agriculture is so deeply imbued in northern hemisphere human life … read more.

Woods Working: The Merry Month of May

Where did the first half of this year go? Into a lot of interesting shared activities since the Winter Holiday season ended: Cottage Meetings using Appreciative Inquiry to explore the things you love about the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City. The Fair Witnesses reported … read more.

Woods Working: “What’s Next?” 

You, as a congregation, have been exploring what you love about this community through the Cottage Meetings that ended on March 4. Your Fair Witnesses are now spending long hours listening to you through your own personal worksheets and the collective work of your meeting … read more.

Woods Working: An Abundant Church Home

Winston Churchill has written, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” I have been making a living with you, but what is really important is that we are also co-creating the life of this congregation … read more.

Woods Working: Happy New Year – Now What?!

The Winter Holidays are over, and winter has set in. I could happily get used to this. We are finally getting rain around the bay and snow in the mountains. Of course, all this has nothing to do with the Transitional Ministry that engages us … read more.

Woods Working: The New Year: Cottage Meetings

For the past five months, you have been looking back at the history of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City: its challenges and its triumphs, its ministers and its leadership. Many of you have told me you have learned more than you knew about … read more.

Woods Working: What UUFRC Told Me So Far . . .

It has been a busy and enlightening month here at the UU Fellowship of Redwood City. Together, many of you completed the “Tree of Life” story-telling about your history as you experience it, began “Listening Circles” to speak your truth about the impact of your … read more.

Woods Working: Here We Go!

I am so impressed by the Sunday energy here yesterday, as we explored “Telling Your Story.” In fact, I am impressed by the cheerful and upbeat energy here at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City. The Ice Cream Social after the service offered opportunities … read more.

Woods Working: Greeting, Meeting, and Connecting

I began serving as your interim minister on August 15, and thus began the task of joining with you. This will continue for a few months to come – or as long as it takes. I truly enjoy this process and find myself in interesting … read more.