Author Archives: Rev. Joan

Ground Breaking Prayer

On Sunday, April 2 we broke ground on our building expansion project.  We’ll be under construction the next four to five months.  Check this blog for post throughout the construction.  Here is the prayer I wrote for Sunday’s ground breaking … Continue reading

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First UU seeks Director of Religious Education

The Director of Religious Education has overall responsibility for planning and managing the week-to-week activities of the religious education program for our children and youth in accordance with goals and objectives developed with the Religious Education Committee. Approximately 13 hours … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Finances

I’ve received a question wondering why we will pay two Unitarian Universalists ministers to visit our pulpit while I am away.  I agree we have many qualified and interesting speakers within our congregation and in Indiana. However, this congregation has … Continue reading

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Worship Service Com Clarification

Your Worship Service Committee is Pauline Simms, Chair Josiah Gromley Patti Holmes Nonna Randal Sara Steelman other occasional worship associates: Corbin Krug and Gabby Kennedy Lori Rittle also leads a Yule Log Service Annually I hope this clarifies the paragraph … Continue reading

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Rev Joan Sabbatical

November 10, 2013 I am very pleased to inform you that our First UU Board of Trustees has approved ministerial sabbatical time for me beginning December 25, 2013 through March 19, 2014.  Clergy take a sabbatical when they have need … Continue reading

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Religion in Changing World

Changing times, well that’s for sure?  When I look around at the world in which I live, I see radical fundamentalists on all sides, and a grave uneasiness for those of us in between.  All of the foundations I have … Continue reading

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Beyond Our Comfort Zone

In my sermon yesterday, I talked about taking risks across the chasms of our lives that keep us from being the best we can be.  As humans we all experience these situations when doubt or worry paralyzes us.  For me, … Continue reading

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mUUsings from Rev. joan

In yesterday’s sermon, I alluded to finding a way to use modern technology to have deeper spiritual and theological discussions within our congregation.  This is my first attempt. 

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PA Senate

It was a wonderful experience, delivering the prayer for the PA Senate.  I felt like a VIP, for sure.  Special elevators, seat, parking space,  and a general feeling of respectfulness. Most importantly Senator Don White was cordial and seemed genuinely … Continue reading

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Collective Bargaining

I got up this morning and wrote a letter to the editor.  Not a common practice for me. Here is the text: I have absorbed news reports from Wisconsin, and other states, in dismay this past week.  I needed only … Continue reading

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The Sacred Path

Below is Josiah Gromley’s original poem that he shared in the service this morning.  Thank you, Josiah, for being willing to serve as our first Worship Associate at First UU.  rev joan The Spiral Path I want to walk the … Continue reading

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A Language of Reverence

One of my New Year Resolutions is to post more often to this blog.  Requests were made after the service this morning for book references and poems.  I am responding quickly. The book I referenced several times this morning is, … Continue reading

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Life Crisis Files

As the last days of autumn slip away from us, and thoughts of holiday times with family and friends begin to be planned, I want to remind the congregation of our Life Crisis Files program. We have a water and … Continue reading

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VOTE TODAY

I hope I’m preaching to the choir, but in case you need a nudge, TODAY IS PRIMARY ELECTION DAY. Live your values as a UU and as a US citizen and VOTE. rev joan

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Day of Remembrance

This morning we held our annual Day of Remembrance Service at First UU. I am sorry that I could not share my closing prayer, because it is my wish for all of the members and friends of our congregation.  I … Continue reading

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Offer a Warm Welcome

If you’ve been around First UU much this past year you have heard about our dream.  We want to grow!!  We want to grow spiritually and numerically.  We want to create an organizational structure that can adapt to this growth.  … Continue reading

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Autumn Prayer

It is our custom at Board meetings for me to offer a reading or poem to start our meeting.  This month on the eve of the last full day of summer and the Autumn Equinox, I found this poem by … Continue reading

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Going Tech

For about a year I have read or heard colleagues, the Ohio Meadville District office, the Alban Institute, and even a video for new seminarians from the UU Starr King School for the Ministry encourage ministers to “go tech.”  The … Continue reading

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