Posts by Rev. Diana L. Smith

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In the Interim: Where Will Our Exploration of Mystery Take Us?

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Dear Ones, Even after becoming a Unitarian Universalist I’ve loved the season of Advent, and particularly how it precedes winter Solstice and mingles with Hanukkah. Each of these holy days or seasons has its own message. Advent invites us to anticipation and patience. While in the Christian calendar that anticipation is geared towards the birth […]

Mystery

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

December Newsletter   As we move into December, into the darkness, we find ourselves confronted with a tension or a contradiction between ways of being. Society – the human world – seems to beckon and draw us to ever more busyness, being with ever more people, and ever greater commercialism. At the same time, the […]

In the Interim: In These Times, Spiritual Practices are Critical

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

I’m writing this to you at the end of a painful week, knowing that as November unfolds there will be even more happening in our country and the world. Depending on when you’re reading this, you may be remembering the events of the past week, when we learned of federal administration efforts to erase transgender […]

Memory

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Greetings Dear Ones, As the calendar pages turn to November we’re encountering the theme of Memory. Memory, with all its warmth, wonder, pain, and complexity. Memory has been important to me for much of my life. I’ve wanted to know and remember where I come from and how I’m connected to so many people who […]

In the Interim – Transitions, Experiments, and a Town Hall!

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

As we enter Autumn, the shape of our work together is developing. On Sept. 16 I was delighted to lead the Congregation-Wide Leader Meeting. Over 30 folks gathered to discuss how WUUC’s committee chairs’ and ministry leads’ work comes together to carry out the congregation’s mission. It was great learning what so many people do […]

Sanctuary

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Greetings, Dear Ones. Our theme for the month of October is sanctuary. Sanctuaries are places of refuge or retreat, particularly in troubled times. We create sanctuary for each other and for ourselves in many different ways. Sanctuaries can be our own bodies, spaces in the natural world, built or created spaces, relationships, and communities. But […]