The living tradition, which we share, draws from many sources:
Excerpts from "The future: no going back" written by Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President, Unitarian-Universalist Association
The Fall 2020 edition of UU World, our denomination's magazine, has a LOT of wonderful articles in this issue, and here are some particularly timely and thoughtful highlights from Rev. Frederick-Gray:
"Models of religious life steeped in individualism, exceptionalism, scarcity and competition will not meet this moment."
"The science of the coronavirus reminds us that we are fundamentally interconnected, that our actions and ways of being impact the health and well-being of others."
"...what has become abundantly clear in this crisis is that we cannot go back. The deadly effects of what was considered normal, or business as usual, are undeniable."
"Our democracy is under direct attack - and has been for a long time. What this means is that we ALL need to be ALL IN for systemic change that puts PEOPLE first, that sees racism, xenophobia, poverty, ableism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, voter suppression, and climate destruction as one issue - a disease we must all organize to address together. So much is on the line."
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Rev. Tom Nalesnik brings thoughtful and informative sermons to the UUCN community, and we're pleased to share the text of his recent sermon here with you.
Rev. Tom Nalesnik is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, although he’s now more closely associated with Unitarian Universalism. He’s been a member of the First Parish UU Church in Groton, Massachusetts for about three years now. His own pilgrimage has been a zig-zag from TV, communications, and advertising to the ministry. He currently serves as a freelance writer, graphic designer, and social media consultant for his own company, A Way With Words.
Rev. David M. Horst served Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Boston area, Nantucket, and New Jersey for 20 years and now works as a community minister at the New London Homeless Hospitality Center.
He is the founder of The Open Circle, a spiritual direction practice for individuals and groups based in Norwich. He is affiliated with All Souls New London, the Spiritual Life Center in West Hartford, Spiritual Directors International, and the Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministry.
He holds an M.Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Certificate in Spiritual Guidance from the Unitarian Universalist Rowe Center. He lives in Norwich with his spouse Alyson Gaylord-Loy, an artist and teacher, and their son Darly Horst-Loy, a student at Norwich Free Academy. Their daughter, Domnica-Horst Loy, attends Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.
Rev. Lilia Cuervo
Rev. Lilia Cuervo continues to be a steady and welcome presence as one of our regular speakers. She has an extensive body of work as a Unitarian-Universalist Minister.
The Rev. Lilia Cuervo, a native of Colombia, was the first Latin American woman ordained in the Unitarian Universalist denomination. At First Parish in Cambridge she also made history by being the first woman to be installed as a Parish Minister. She is a co-founder of the Latino/a UU Networking Association (LUUNA), and the initiator of, and a translator of several pieces for Las Voces del Camino, the Spanish language Unitarian Universalist hymnal.
Dianne M. Daniels
Dianne M. Daniels is a 20+ year member of the UUCN and a 3rd year Seminary Student at Starr King School for the Ministry. She is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree and ordination within the UU Faith, and studying Spiritual Direction with StillHarbor.org, an organization dedicated to creating a network of fiercely loving and compassionate spiritual leaders for social change.
Dianne was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently lives in Norwich, CT with her husband Aaron and their rescued Greyhound, Duke. She is currently serving the 2nd year of a 2-year internship at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, and preaches in Norwich when her schedule permits.