Author Archive | Deb

Our Shared Offering Plate

Each month, we seek to give back to our surrounding communities by partnering with agencies who are doing good work in various areas of social justice. For example, in 2018, we shared our offering plate (i.e., we gave away 50% and kept 50% for operations) with agencies that are working to address issues that range […]

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A Letter from Your Music Director — January 2019

The new calendar year has just begun and the Music Program at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church is already hard at work preparing for the experiences that lay ahead. By now you have heard the choir kick off the year with a new song,  Avril Lavigne’s inspiring ballad Keep Holding On, as it was performed on […]

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A Letter from Your Minister — January 2019

I dwell in possibility. ~ Emily Dickinson Dear Folks, Happy new year to you! The last month of the year held extra services for us at Piedmont. We had our candlelight Christmas Eve service (with no Yule Log fires this year) and a beautiful installation service on December 30th. My deepest gratitude to everyone who […]

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What is an “Installation”?

On December 30th at 4 p.m., Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church will formalize your call to me to be your settled minister. An installation usually takes place within the first year of one’s ministry. It is different from an ordination. People are ordained into UU ministry after going through an extensive process, and ordination is permanent. […]

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A Letter from Your Minister — December 2018

Dear Folks, Welcome to December and to our theme of Mystery. The denotation of this word directs us to things that are difficult or possibly even impossible to understand or “solve”–like certain aspects of astrophysics. A Black Hole is a mystery. Sometimes things far less substantial are mysteries–like the location of your keys or of […]

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2018 Pledge Analysis

Annual Commitment Time ~ An Analysis of Our Pledges

The Finance Committee along with our current and future board presidents and minister have now met on more than one occasion to construct a budget within our means for 2019 based on our current pledge amount. Soon, the board will meet to vote on the budget before presenting it in its final form to you […]

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A Letter from Your Minister — November 2018

The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you. ~ R.J. Palacio, […]

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Planning the Piedmont UU Memorial Garden

The congregation celebrated the dedication of its sanctuary in September 1998, 20 years ago. Since then, many members have expressed the hope that we might have a memorial garden on our campus. That work has now officially begun! The Board of Trustees appointed an ad hoc committee several months ago to lead this effort, and […]

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A Letter from Your Minister — October 2018

Love is sanctuary, a safe haven and place to rest. ~T. Volgoff Dear Folks, Welcome to October and to our monthly theme of Sanctuary. What does the word “sanctuary” mean to you? Does it conjure images of the places that offer you a sense of safety where you can truly be at peace? Perhaps sanctuary […]

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Practicing Interdependence

Dear Justice Seekers: We are fortunate to be hosting a wonderful UU Justice Leadership Training the last weekend of September. This three day workshop will be offered by Sacred Fire Unitarian Universalist and trainers, Rev. Nathan Hollister, Rev. Karen Hutt, and Rev. Sara Green. This weekend intensive training is a great opportunity as we seek to reorganize and […]

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