Looking for spiritual community? Are you passionate about peace and justice, sustainability, and religious freedom? Come visit! We welcome you!
The Oberlin UU Fellowship is a welcoming, caring community that promotes religious freedom, encourages spiritual and personal growth, and works for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.
Our congregation is a living, breathing group of spiritually alive individuals who are in love with life and dedicated to pursuing our individual quests for truth, while working for social justice and environmental responsibility.
I invite you to join me for three poetry reflections as Sunday morning services: July 10, July 24 and August 14, reflecting on: Who we are (as individuals, as a spiritual community, as a religious movement) to the Mystery, to each other? How does Life speak (or dance or hold presence) through us? On July 10, bring a favorite poem from Rumi. On July 24, a short reading from Mary Oliver. On Aug 14, a favorite piece from a different poet (perhaps yourself).
on Baby-Watch. Again and again. There is usually something coming to birth within us, in our communities, in our work, friendship and family circles.
From August 15 through September 7, I'll be on Baby-Watch in Boston, supporting my daughter-in-law Alison and son Colin, welcoming their first child.
Baby-watch is transformative.
Research exploring infant mortality and maternal well-being found surprising statistics among Hispanic families living in poverty. Their well-being was as high as any group. Because they practice Baby-Watch! When a new baby arrives, so does support staff (frequently a grandmother) to care, cook, and clean; to manage the physical, emotional, and spiritual chaos of creation.
Baby-Watch is like spiritual community: Being present with kindness. Caring for each other's needs. Staying present and connected when things get messy. Cleaning up messes. Respecting boundaries. Feeding each other. Learning each other's emotional language. Reflecting feelings and what needs saying. For new parents, How exciting! You've never done this before. How scary. You're not alone. You can do it.
In our congregation we are in a steady state of Baby-Watch, welcoming something new coming to birth, calling ourselves into the present, learning from yesterday's best practices while welcoming that which is coming to birth.
How exciting! We've never done this before. How scary. We're not alone. We can do it!