If you've been following UUA president, Rev. Peter Morales, blogs from India posted on uua.org, you may have noticed that he visited the girl's school outside of Mumbai that our church has been sponsoring since I visited there several years ago while on sabbatical. The school was established by Vivek Pandit, who spoke at our church a few years ago, and who is the most incredible organizer I've ever met. When I was there only 40 girls were in attendance, but as you can see… Continue
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on February 26, 2011 at 10:09pm —
Terry and I attended A Midsummer Night's Musica
l last night and we were delighted. We both laughed out loud throughout the show, and the music was incredible. I especially liked seeing our children and youth and young adults as well as adults working together -- for many, many hours -- to create such a an excellent performance. Some of the teenagers and young adults I remember seeing perform as children in past Chalice Theaters. I'm proud that our church sponsors such a creative… Continue
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on February 26, 2011 at 11:01am —
Have you been to a General Assembly yet? They are incredible events with opportunities for worship, workshops, lectures (Karen Armstrong and Feisal Abdul Rauf will both be speaking), concerts, as well as helping to decide the future of our movement. This year's General Assembly will be held in Charlotte, NC, from Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26, which means it's just a hop and a skip from Northern Virginia (I hear there will be a bus caravan). We're expecting high attendance,… Continue
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on February 25, 2011 at 10:45am —
I've been deeply moved by the struggle for freedom by the Arab people in the last few weeks. It's inspiring to witness such courage in their rebellion against corruption and dictatorship and such determination to build an authentic democracy. Here's an excellent column by Jim Wallis, an enlightened Christian social change advocate, about the challenges for the future: … Continue
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on February 23, 2011 at 9:20am —
I missed being with all of you on Sunday, but Terry and I flew to Florida to take part in the installation of our good friend Rev. Scott Alexander… Continue
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on February 21, 2011 at 1:17pm —
I'm enjoying reading the blog by Rev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA, as he travels in India with Kathy Shreedhar, the director of the UUA Holdeen India Program. I'm on the board of the Holdeen program and traveled with Kathy several years ago to visit some of the grass roots organizations sponsored by UUHIP. It was a transforming trip that I'll never forget, and I imagine it will be the same for Peter. Here's the link to Peter's blog, and you can follow him on the uua.org web site as… Continue
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on February 19, 2011 at 8:42am —
Otto Ungar was a long-time and beloved member of UUCA -- and All Souls UU -- who died on January 1. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19th at 3:30 PM at All Soul's Church with a reception following the ceremony. We hold in our hearts his wife Genevieve. Feel free to share any memories you have of Otto.
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on February 15, 2011 at 3:43pm —
I didn't get a chance to mention on Sunday that Karen Armstrong's newest book is "Twelve Steps To A Compassionate Life," and it's excellent. You can find it at our church book stand or here: http://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Steps-Compassionate-Borzoi-Books/dp/0307595595
. Let me know how you like it.
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on February 9, 2011 at 11:02am —
I'll be talking about the Charter for Compassion this Sunday in my sermon on "The Sixth Commandment: You Shall Protect and Nurture Life." You can read the Charter and sign it if you wish -- my name is there -- and find very useful information at their website: www.charterforcompassion.org
. See you Sunday.
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on February 4, 2011 at 9:54am —
I recommend a program showing on PBS called, "Chautauqua: An American Narative." Chautauqua Institution is one of my favorite places in the world; Terry and I have been going there for more than 20 years. Though it is not Unitarian Universalist -- in fact, it began as a Methodist church camp -- it has a UU feel to it with a wide diversity of cultural, artistic, intellectual, and religious activities. It even has an active UU Fellowship where I speak every summer. A number of UUCA members… Continue
Added by Rev. Michael McGee on February 3, 2011 at 2:00pm —