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The Unitarian — February 16, 2023


Sunday, February 19: “We Are with You: UUSC and the Power of Global Solidarity”

The myriad of pressing issues around the world and in our own backyards often make us want to contract and focus inward just when we need each other most. Our struggles, with neighbors near and far, are interconnected. Communities on the front lines of the climate crisis and forced migration are leading the way towards the transformations necessary for our collective survival and flourishing. Join us as we welcome Rev. Laura Randall and Kristen Maples from UUSC. They will share stories of the remarkable work UUSC partners are engaging in around the world with the support of our UUSC members.

Upcoming Services

  • Thursday, February 23: Vespers in the Sanctuary with John O'Connor at 6:30 pm

  • Sunday, February 26: “Resisting Consumerism.” As we approach Earth Day and 40 for the Earth John O'Connor will reflect on resisting the siren call of consumerism.

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From Your Minister

I am a rut cook.

I do a lot of the cooking for the family, partly because I love feeding people and find cooking a relaxing and centering practice, partly because cleaning is not my best skill and it is nice to bring something to the needed tasks of my family, and partly because my own father’s love language was food.

So I do a lot of the cooking and mostly love it, but I find that I settle into ruts. The same handful of meals shuffled through and shifted between, with a few take out meals sprinkled in. Often the cooking feels less like creative expression and more like a farmer pouring feed into a trough for livestock.

I have sometimes thought I should just open up the front door and pour the groceries on the floor and call out to the devouring horde of my family and let them feed right there inside the door.

That was mostly in the depth of the pandemic when everyone was eating at home for all their meals it was astonishing what a family of five would go through for food.

And so, the rut is understandable, but it was so delicious and amazing to be lifted out of it recently by my sweet budding foodie twelve year old son, Jack.

“We should make some ramen!” he said with his singular enthusiasm.

He had found a recipe for ramen from some millionaire YouTuber twenty-year-old, and it sounded delicious. And so we made a pilgrimage to HMart in Cambridge where we have gone before for sushi making supplies, another culinary adventure with him as our team leader.

We gathered broths and noodles, oils and vinegars, vegetables and more.

It was an adventure from start to finish and the finish was delicious.

The broth was gingery and salty and delicious. And it was new. We had risen above the rut! And added a whole new kind of meal to the mix.

We are just now coming to the close of our winter theme of resistance and bridging into our spring theme of creativity. And this ramen adventure did just that.

It can be hard to rise from the rut, to explore new patterns and habits.

Many of you returning to Sunday mornings have expressed this, the pull of pandemic patters which have made it hard to get up and out, to get back on Sundays, and most of you who do (or the ones who tell me about it anyway) have been glad you did.

And no pressure. I commit to you all that I will be sure that all fifty two weeks of the year we have something worth your while waiting for you when you do make your way home to us.

There are so many amazing services coming up. Children’s choirs and Major Music, so many wonderful musical offerings, and the intern minister is wonderful, and we have him for just a few more months, stories and so many poems and reflections, so many people participating. Your hard working worship team pours ourselves into each and every Sunday.