Miracles

Glenn Koller

I don’t understand things that I studied for years, I’m mystified by the universe, and miraculously, I met and married my wife of more than three decades – – it’s a bit of a miracle that I don’t believe in miracles.

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Generosity

Glenn Koller

These expressions of care and generosity were intentional, that is, knowingly offered, but I realized some time ago that unintentional generosity was equally healing. I have tried to envision Karen’s life and my life without having all of you – the congregation – in them. It’s really tough to imagine.

Just the fact that the congregation exists – that you are there – makes a huge difference in my life and, probably, whether or not you realize it, in your lives too. The generosity unknowingly expressed by each of you – by being there – is a blessing that we all share and of which we all partake.

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Reflection on “Living with Pride”

Paul Payne

UUs from the fellowship also worked hard with other community groups to encourage the Greenville county council to rescind the resolution against homosexuality. Although they were not successful, their efforts and the efforts of those UUs at the Atlanta Prides taught me the importance of our second principle, which calls for justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. Their example challenges me to do the same.

This is why I was so happy to volunteer at the Unitarian Universalist booth yesterday and why I will proudly march with UUs from Northwest and the greater Atlanta area this afternoon at the Pride parade in Atlanta. As I do, I’ll also be cognizant that those simple acts might bring a message of inclusion to someone who needed it as much as I did almost two decades ago.

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What Makes Us Happy?

Tony Barbagallo

Years ago I created a rhetorical device to help confront difficult circumstances. When I am in a situation threatening to make me really unhappy I go through a checklist. Is this thing going to kill me? Is it going to kill someone near and dear to me? Is it going to seriously injure me or impair my long term health; or that of someone near and dear to me? Is it going to put my family and me into the street, with nowhere to turn? Once I get past the first few questions answering no, the problem starts to get into perspective. Things aren’t so dire.

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What Makes Us Happy?

Lynne Dale

All these studies together show that money, fame and sex eventually bring us addiction, isolation and unhappiness. Yet scientists say it is in our DNA to want these things because we are supposed to procreate and populate the earth, and we need money, power and fame to do it. But here’s the thing: Mother Nature doesn’t really care if we are happy or not. So our humanity drives us to these things that make us miserable. And if you want to steer clear of it all, it seems like it’s a constant battle.

What does free us from all this? I was talking recently with the mother of my son Jordan’s new college roommate. My new best friend. We were discussing how we were going to deal with our empty nests – with both our boys going off to college. She said that we had to find our “flow activities.” Say what? She told me a flow activity is one that inspires and challenges you, but does not cause you stress. A flow activity is one in which you are so engaged that you lose track of time. It has to be an activity you think of as voluntary, enjoyable, but with clear goals to success. Could be taking up an instrument you always wanted to play. Painting. Taking care of dogs at a shelter. For my new friend, it was gardening.

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To Whom it May Concern: A Reflection

Granted, in the grand scheme of things my life is pretty good, but I feel like I have been challenged on so many levels that my head is spinning and every direction has a problem. One of those levels is my belief structure. Because I have young children and, to a degree, I am still “young” as a UU, I don’t feel like I am standing on bedrock with what EXACTLY I believe for all situations. So, I have been wrestling with questions from my children and in my own head. What do I believe about life after death? If there is “something” after death, what does that look like? Do I believe in a higher power? If, so does that higher power “challenge” me when I need it and/or can handle it? I feel like being a UU encourages me to ask these questions versus answering them for me.

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Being a UU Just Ain’t for Everybody

Glenn Koller

So, I believe that the UU movement is destined to remain RELATIVELY small because, like the UNhappy children, it’s been my experience that we UUs revel in the dearth of rules, we cherish the JOURNEY that is asking questions to which we likely will get no answers, we covet our right to UNcertainty, and we absolutely love the diversity of our membership. Being a UU – it just ain’t for everybody.

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TYING KNOTS

  Dear Friends, For those of you that weren’t in service this past Sunday, I announced from the pulpit that Gail and I, after 18 years together, have decided to get married in Washington, DC. Currently, the plans are to have a small ceremony on Friday, December 13 at All Souls Church Unitarian. We had talked about having a commitment […]

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About Charisma

  Dear Friends, On Tuesday morning, I found myself sitting on I-85 waiting to exit on Sugarloaf Parkway along with hundreds of other cars. As we inched our way to the ramp, I noticed “Emory University” logos on more than a few vehicles’ back windows, as well as those cobalt blue “Coexist” bumper stickers – all of which led me […]

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Grass Seeds

Dear Friends, This is the time of year when Gail and I, once again, attempt to grow grass. We have three ancient cherry trees and a tall Gingko tree in our front yard, so the area we seed each year isn’t large. And, because it receives a lot of shade, we have typically planted fescue which holds up better in […]

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