Minister Musings

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What Does Our Story Tell?

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Dear Ones, How do we reclaim our narrative? What story do we want to tell about our lives? I’m here in St. Paul, MN deeply grateful to be at BLUU’s Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium (https://www.blacklivesuu.com/about). Well, enjoying and being humbled and awed by it… Here I’m surrounded by beloveds, all of whom are having their own […]

To Whom Does Our Faith Belong?

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Dear Ones, Years ago (so many years I don’t remember who or why) someone asked me a question I keep with me: To whom are you responsible, to who and what do you belong? I carry this question with me because it reminds me to reflect on where I am in the world and who […]

Expectations and Identities

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Dear Ones, As we enter this new year – our second year together and your second year of interim ministry – I find myself thinking and wondering a lot about expectations, identity, and change. This summer, as I prepared to spend a week camping with my mother, my sisters, and their children, I spent an […]

In the Interim

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Dear Ones, As we move into the fall I want to update you on a few developments and my summer schedule. My Summer Schedule Having time to relax, refresh, and recharge is important for our mental, emotional, and physical health. For me, my summer vacation will be a longer version of my weekly sabbath – […]

Inquiring About WUUC with Appreciation

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Dear Ones, How do you weave what has happened in your life into how you make sense of the world, who you are, and who you’re becoming? Meaning-making is one of the most basic and key spiritual tasks, as well as one of the fundamental reasons we engage in religions. As we near the end […]

Curiosity in Transitions – May 2019

by Rev. Diana L. Smith

Dear Ones, This past month has been a big one in your transitions process! Your collaborative history odyssey came down in the sanctuary, seeds of things you value about this congregation and what it’s added to your life began to go up in the foyer, and you selected a ministerial search team. You’re deep within […]