• 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...
  • Woods Working: Here We GO!

    August 27, 2018 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 ... more...
  • Woods Working: Allowing Awe

    July 31, 2018 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 ... more...
  • Woods Working: “Appreciation”

    May 30, 2018 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 ... more...
  • Woods Working: The Merry Month of May

    April 24, 2018 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 ... more...
  • Woods Working: “What’s Next?” 

    March 28, 2018 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 ... more...
  • Woods Working: An Abundant Church Home

    March 1, 2018 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 ... more...
  • Woods Working: Happy New Year – Now What?!

    February 1, 2018 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 ... more...
  • Woods Working: The New Year: Cottage Meetings

    January 2, 2018 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 ... more...