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a UU Update

During the Summer of 2020 – I resigned all my remaining corporate UU roles, including my membership in UUSCM as while it is one of few organizations with in that tradition that is truly open to interfaith clergy, I simply no longer identify as UU in its current incarnation it is a lobbyist group and several of its key leadership are engaged in abusive behaviors I can not and will not condone.

There are still a few UU Groups I consult with, and a few congregations I serve as guest and retreat leader offering spiritual support as an interfaith minister through the pandemic and beyond.

For more information, feel free to reach out to me directly.

What drew me to Unitarian Universalism



So…what is Unitarian Universalism?

I am an ordained Interfaith Minister yet I serve a number of Unitarian Universalist congregations as guest minister, retreat leader and consultant and am often mistaken for a UU minister. I am not! While I believe their stated principles have merit, I do not agree with all their organization’s directives (ie: church and state much? 😉) Yet I have much fondness for the congregations I serve, and several UU colleagues I count as dear friends. As it is a small religion many people in my interfaith community do not always know of it, and if they do only nominally so. The congregation of Idaho Falls was the focus of a podcast a few months ago. The interviewer did a good job of “covering” what Unitarian Universalism is, what its historical roots and local congregation’s origins are, as well as offers an observer’s glimpse of what many Sunday services look like in a UU congregation. I especially appreciate the one-on-one interviews he conducted with multigenerational congregation members. In doing so he gives listeners a good framing for what this faith path is in the hearts and minds of members. The evolution of UUism has brought it to a corporate mode of ops that leave many congregants seeking elsewhere for spiritual nourishment, spiritual sermons: that’s where I, and other spiritual interfaith colleagues, come in. It is a blessing to serve where we can to bring the light of hope and connection with humanity’s spiritual aspects.

UU News!

“Some good news to share. The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is pleased to announce its unanimous nomination of the Rev. Meg Riley and Charles Du Mond for election as the next co-moderators of the UUA, at the special election to be held at General Assembly (GA) 2020, in Providence, RI. If elected, they will serve in this position for a term beginning at the conclusion of GA 2020 and ending at the conclusion of GA 2025.”

Meg is my Senior Minister where I am an affiliate community minister at the Church of the Larger Fellowship. She announced her retirement a few weeks ago. She will be missed at CLF. I am deeply grateful personally and for our UU world to see her nominated as co-Moderator.

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Möbius Life in Sangerville November 27th – Join Us!


“Whatever is inside of us continually flows outward Whatever is outside us continually flows inward”

Please join us at church in Sangerville on Sunday, November 27th, 2016 at 9:30am. 

Let’s explore life as a Möbius together!

Service Leader: Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Manning

Musician: Jason Curran

Church Street, Sangerville, Maine

Sunday, July 3rd Service: In Our Own Image

On Sunday, July 3rd Twinkle is leading services at First Universalist Church of Pittsfield in Maine.  She is collaborating with Jason Curran, an amazing musician.

Together they will explore the sacred with those present.

The theme of the service and Twinkle’s sermon title is:

“In Our Own Image”

There are many ways Unitarian Universalists approach the topic of God.

This service clarifies the realities of conscious and unconscious worshipping.

Sunday, July 3rd – 9:45 AM

July 3rd promo

For other services by Twinkle and Jason, visit here.

What Twinkle has to say about the creation of this service:

“The idea is that we all worship something.  And what we choose to worship can help us make sense out of life, even when life seems senseless.  What we choose to worship can comfort us, bring us joy, and have us greeting each morning in gratitude.  Or, what we choose to worship can eat us alive. We get to choose to whom we belong, which ‘god’ we will obey. The first step toward doing so is to understand the distinctions of conscious and unconscious worshipping. Also, Jason and I composed a song together for this service based on an old hymn. I find great meaning in doing this kind of co-creation together.”