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Imagine! Twenty years ago, some very brave UUs dared to dream of a larger home of their own, on a piece of property on NW 34th Street. That property, of course, is now the home of UUFG. This Sunday, April 23, we invite you to make a special effort to come to service (11 am), as we celebrate the courage, and the risk those folks took. (I say “those folks,” but truth is, many of those visionaries are still active members of UUFG today.)

But wait – there’s more! We’ll hear from Debby Jo Malickson and Marilyn Roberts about the seeds that got us here in the first place. Rev. David Etherington offers reflection on the possibility of NOW for us as UUs in Gainesville. And Mallory Szymanski has accepted the challenge of helping us consider how we can shape vision into an equally bright tomorrow.

Following the service, children will help us plant flowers around the fountain. Then together, we’ll share some potluck – with, of course, cake! Then you’ll be welcome to learn some of the hidden corners of the UUFG grounds on a tour with past president Lynne Capehart.

What has been done is amazing. What is happening now can call us to attention. What lies ahead calls on all of us to live our UU values. As human beings, we need one another, not just to survive, but to thrive. This Sunday is a great time to remind ourselves of the importance of our UU community!

Blessings, Rev. Maureen

Maureen's Musings -- April, 2017

Easters and UUs?

Here it comes again, the perennial bête noire of religious liberals. What DO we do with Easter, a season so thoroughly enmeshed in a single story that many of us no longer find helpful? I’m talking, of course, about the resurrection of Jesus. It is so easy to dismiss the notion of bodily resurrection as an impossibility, reducing Easter to nothing more than a romantic reshaping of pre-Christian celebrations of spring. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

Maureen's Musings -- March, 2017

They’re everywhere – poles of wood or limestone, copper or stainless steel, even plastic. They all bear the words, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” a number languages. Around the world, there are more than 100,000 Peace Poles, all bearing witness to humanity’s longing for peace. Did you know there’s a Peace Pole at the North Magnetic Pole, at the Egyptian pyramids in Giza, in Ghana, throughout Europe and North America, and of course many in Japan, where the tradition began? [Click "Read more..." to continue]

Maureen's Musings -- February, 2017


From my home office window, I could see him, the boy crouching on the sidewalk, looking intently toward our house. It‘s become commonplace. Walkers, drivers, even bikers, every day numerous people pause to view our yard sign which reads (in Spanish, English, and Arabic), “No matter where you ‘re from, we're glad you're our neighbor.” [Click "Read more..." to continue]

Maureen's Musings -- January, 2017

Between print, phones, TV, and on, there are no shortage of words – and yet so often it seems that little has been said. Maybe that’s why, when a particular few words have the power to rivet your attention, you find yourself wanting to leap up and shout “YES!” That’s what this is, not a real column, but my chance to share a few things that evoke my YES. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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