Monthly Archives: April 2018

Like-Mindedness or Life Saving Ministry

DeReau K. Farrar, music at First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, found himself faced with questioning what kind of ministry he wants his to be:

“What pulls me toward church work? Is my service based in a desire to help people find a way toward abundant life, or is it based in my need to provide a venue for like-mindedness?”

He discovered that it is more than simply, “both/and.” Then he explains why!

I encourage you to read his reflection on the Braver/Wiser website



Congregational Polity and the Myth of Congregational Autonomy

I am so glad that this has been finally posted. I attended Sue’s workshop at GA in Portland two years ago. Such important information for congregation members and parish and community ministers to understand.

For those feeling they are UU in their hearts, wish to claim it as their own, but currently claimed by their faith according to the summary set out here by Sue Phillips, yet not yet part of a UU organization – you are Not Alone!

For individuals who have not found a local congregation to call your own, know that there are many online gatherings of UU communities, as well as the Church of the Larger Fellowship, where you can become a member of this UU covenanted “beyond-the-walls” congregation to be claimed by your faith.

For ministers ordained by another denomination and/or not UU fellowshipped, consider the Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries as a viable option to live into your call as clergy in an ever-evolving faith-tradition.


Video of our Community Television/PEG Media Forum in Pittsfield!

We had a wonderful turnout in Pittsfield last night for the Public Forum on Community Television and PEG Media! Many residents attended, showing their enthusiasm for Central Maine Media Alliance (CMMA). We have such gratitude to those who support this project! Special thanks to Ron Watson (Chair of our Sebasticook Valley region’s ad hoc advisory council) for moderating the panel discussion and Q&A.


Cornel West in Maine

Tonight there is a sold out Cornel West lecture at Colby in Waterville.

Many of us remember his Ware Lecture at UUA GA 2015 in Portland Oregon where one of my favorite quotes of Cornel’s is “Justice is what Love looks like in public.”

Here is the video of that evening including opening music by some of our favorite UU Musicians.  At about the 30 minute-mark Peter introduces Cornel: