• Woods Working: Phishing and Communicating

    March 27, 2020 I got a phone call this morning from UUFRC’s president, Steve Hill, notifying me that someone with the email address revgretchenw@gmail.com, writing under the heading “Blessings,” is seeking help in the form of ebay cards. I can’t tell you how many ways this is sooo ... more...
  • Woods Working

    February 22, 2020 “Generosity in Churches” Oh, NO! Here comes the pledge pitch, AKA the Minister’s Blog for the March Pledge Campaign. I sometimes call it “The Sermon on the Amount,” This year, I won’t be pledging because I will be gone when the 2020 – 2021 fiscal year ... more...
  • Woods Working: “Samhain: Into the Dark”

    October 27, 2019 At this time of year, as the waning days seem to rush into dark, as Hallowe’en comes and goes, as daylight savings gives up its sway with our sense of time, we recognize that we are entering a fallow period in the northern hemisphere. When our days marched to ... more...
  • “Excitement for a New Year”

    August 20, 2019 Where did the summer go? The children and youth are already “back to school,” the Rummage Sale will take place on September 6 and 7, the Water Communion and Gathering of the Community is in three weeks (September 8), and I am already seeing colors on some of the ... more...
  • August 6, 2019 Woods Working: “Re-Empowering Our Selves and Our Communities” On Sunday, August 4 at 6:04 am, I awakened from a nightmare in which I was in the center of the chaos of a mass shooting: people running everywhere, semi-automatic shots rapidly being fired, no sense of direction to go or ... more...
  • Woods Working: A Moral Question

    May 15, 2019 Maybe it is just me, but I sense we, as a country, have lost our forebears’ sense of “the Common Good,” and, even more, The American Dream, for those who seek to join us in this rich and prosperous land. So I offer a brief question for all ... more...
  • Woods Working: “Blessed April”

    April 10, 2019 As most of you know by now, I walk our two dogs in the early morning (around 7 am) and late evening (after meetings at the fellowship). It is always a time to clear my head and relax in the quiet of the day in ... more...
  • Woods Working: Great Opportunities!

    January 24, 2019 Sometimes great opportunities arise abruptly. We have a special opportunity to meet with Nancy Edmundson, UUFRC’s Transition Coach from the Pacific West Region of the Unitarian Universalist  Association on Sunday, February 3 from noon until 1:30 pm to learn about the process of selecting your ... more...
  • Holiday Blessings

    December 12, 2018 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 ... more...
  • Woods Working: “UUA-MFC, Ordination, Installation – explaining alphabet Soup”

    November 28, 2018 As many of you already know, you, as the UU Fellowship of Redwood City (UUFRC), are being invited to ordain Eleanor Kilpatrick to the ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Only a UU congregation has the privilege and the responsibility of choosing to convey the ... more...
  • Woods Working: “Anger and Gratitude”

    October 28, 2018 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 ... more...
  • Woods Working: “Possibilities into Probabilities”

    September 24, 2018 On Saturday, September 22, seventeen leaders and leaders-to-be met in the sanctuary of the UU Fellowship of Redwood City to consider how you as congregants may better provide leadership for their areas of concern within the congregation and respond to change and resistance as part ... more...