Category Archives: Parson to Person

Parson to Person March 2016

What Do UU Say After UU Say Hello or Entertaining Angels Unawares Sometimes OBUUC members and friends tell me they’d like to be more welcoming to newcomers during coffee hour, but they don’t always know what to say that won’t … Continue reading

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Parson to Person February 2016

“Two Different Services” When the congregation voted to keep our 2-service format for the fall-to-spring, one of the ideas we floated about was whether to make the two services significantly different from each other (though of equal quality), thus possibly … Continue reading

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Parson to Person January 2016

“Joys & Concerns: How Often, How Long, How Serious?” Every once in a while someone asks me about the “rules” concerning Joys and Concerns. The three most-asked questions are: How often is it OK to speak? How long is it … Continue reading

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Parson to Person December 2015

“On Broken Chandeliers” I was thinking the other day about Stephen Colbert, who used to host “The Colbert Report” and now hosts “The Late Show.” When he was young he apparently got into a bit of trouble at times (doing … Continue reading

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Parson to Person November 2015

“An Early Thanksgiving” Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, but I wanted to thank you for making my 40th anniversary celebration so wonderful – from the planning committee members who organized the dinner … to the choir who sang … Continue reading

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Parson to Person October 2015

“Why Don’t We Get Our Name Out There?” If you attended our congregation’s Annual Meeting last May, you will know that we were not able to include UU advertising in our budget for this year. Years ago we advertised quite … Continue reading

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Parson to Person September 2015

“But Don’t All Lives Matter?”A number of UU congregations around the country have hung “Black Lives Matter” banners on their buildings – in response to the number of unarmed black men who have been killed by white police officers in … Continue reading

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Parson to Person August 2015

“But What Does He Do the Rest of the Week?” A fellow minister once told a group of UUs, “I love being a minister. Where else can you be invisible six days of the week – and incomprehensible on the … Continue reading

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Parson to Person July 2015

“Deliver Us from Email” My sermon on Father’s Day (“Howard Be Thy Name”) focused on ways that children sometimes mis-hear the words to prayers, songs, and sayings (“Howard be Thy name” being a misunderstanding of “Hallowed be Thy name,” for … Continue reading

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Parson to Person June 2015

“Announcements at the beginning of the Service” As I mentioned in my Report to the Congregation at our annual meeting on May 17th, the survey that our church’s Committee on the Ministry did recently revealed a lot about our congregation … Continue reading

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