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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 […]

Theme: Vision

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

September is a liminal time of the year when seasons shift and the patterns of our lives change. Similarly, Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church is in a transitional time as a congregation. Liminal, transitional and interim times – times when one thing is shifting into another – are often confusing but they bring many gifts as […]

In the Interim: Communication is a Top Priority

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Greetings! In August I joined WUUC as your interim minister. I’ve greatly enjoyed getting to meet many congregants, including meeting one-to-one with many congregants and lay leaders. As we go forward in the coming several months I’m looking forward to continuing to meet many more of you, building relationships, and working with you to strengthen […]