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  • In a recent post titled Imagine New Patterns, Rev. Erica Baron invited leaders to envisage ways of doing church that are deeply enriching, fun, fulfilling; that reflect and advance core values and mission, unconstrained by long-standing habits, as if you were starting anew. “What would we create...
    By Joe Sullivan | November 16, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • The point of a community of practice is for people who want to get better at something to learn from each other through regular interaction. Even people new to a field can help the group learn. Their observations and questions can identify unrecognized practices and raise awareness of which...
    By Meck Groot, Joe Sullivan | October 20, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • “I will not sink to your barbaric behavior.” I was ten; my sister was six. I knew more multisyllabic words than she did and she leapt at me with her little fists. I just sat there until mom arrived and punished her for hitting. Of course I loved my sister, but I’d already learned that words...
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | September 22, 2022 | From Doing Our Inner Work
  • There is a cave, the story goes. In the cave, there is an old woman. She has been in the cave for as long as she can remember, weaving. Like so many stories, this one has been told in many places, and so it has many variations. Here’s how I heard it....
    By Erica Baron | September 13, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • “How are you?” I asked my DRE colleague on our recent phone call. Her response was not exactly typical, but becoming more familiar. She’d had a bout of Covid about six or eight months before. Although she’d been quite sick, it could have been much worse, and she was grateful for the vaccines...
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | August 23, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyard and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest....
    By Meck Groot | July 20, 2022 | From Doing Our Inner Work
  • Recently, I gathered around our dining room table with my daughter and her 7-year-old to play a game of Right, Left, and Center. It’s a portable game involving dice and chips that get shifted to the right, left, or into a center pot. As bedtime neared, we packed the dice into their box and my...
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | June 16, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • Maybe you’ve heard the inspirational story about the starfish. It’s often told as a celebration of a young child’s hope triumphing over a curmudgeonly elder’s resignation to the inevitability of encroaching doom. But taking those signifiers out of the story, and it goes something like this:...
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | May 25, 2022 | From Centering Gifts
  • There are lots of things in congregational life that can cause big feelings. In a recent webinar, we asked participants to name some of these things, and they did!...
    By Erica Baron | April 26, 2022 | From Doing Our Inner Work
  • We have talked to many congregations recently reporting that they don’t have enough volunteers to fill open board and committee roles. We don’t expect this to change anytime soon — and that might not be bad. UU congregations in the last century — largely white, middle- and upper-class —...
    By Erica Baron | April 11, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • Last year, at their request, I met with Follen Responds to Racism (FRR), an anti-racism team at the Follen Community Church in Lexington, MA. We had an animated conversation. They told me about their work and the many ways they are addressing racism within and beyond their congregation. I was...
    By Meck Groot | March 22, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • “Hello, who are you?” “I don’t know; I’ve never met me before!” This dialogue is from a comedy skit a friend and I wrote for an elementary school talent show. My comedy career never took off, but this dialogue resonates with me these days, as we collectively emerge from two years of...
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | March 15, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • While I was growing up, a strange thing happened. When I was very young, I naturally explored all sorts of interests, from ancient history to art to writing poetry. I’m grateful that I came up through a well-funded school district with robust extracurricular programs that enabled me to play...
    By Rev. Molly Brewer | February 22, 2022 | From Centering Gifts
  • At the beginning of 2020, we didn’t know what was coming. At the beginning of 2021, we had hope on the horizon. Now, at the beginning of 2022, our hope is tempered by a healthy respect for how quickly things can change, and some trust in our ability - and flexibility - to faithfully respond....
    February 15, 2022 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • What is a covenant? For most of my time as a leader in Unitarian Universalism, I have understood covenant to be the words we use to describe the agreements we make to each other. What I have learned over time is that the words are more like a map. They help us understand the covenant....
    By Erica Baron | January 20, 2022 | From Covenanting
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  • Several years ago the New England Region team was creating the first version of our Spiritual Leadership framework. We identified 5 practices that help UU congregations to bring forth and support the spiritual leadership of everyone in the congregation. One of these practices we named “Binding to...
    By Erica Baron | December 15, 2021 | From Tending to Tradition
  • According to Movement Strategy Center (1), community transformation depends on: power analysis: understanding who has access to resources; who influences and participates in decision-making; and whose standards, stories and worldviews are valued; community organizing: working together across our...
    By Meck Groot | November 22, 2021 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog
  • Opening words from Artist and Vibe Curator Eso Tolson: I don’t know who needs to hear this but rest is not a reward. You don’t have to earn rest. You need rest. You deserve rest. You are worthy of rest simply because you are a living being. And don’t ever feel guilty for taking time to rest.
    By Wren Bellavance-Grace | November 22, 2021 | From Doing Our Inner Work
  • Woullard Lett: Where are we before we are born? What happens after we die? These questions have been answered differently by different cultures throughout the ages....
    By Erica Baron, Woullard Lett | October 26, 2021 | From Tending to Tradition
  • Here I was thinking everything had already been said. That there were no other words to say (again) what we all already know: here we are, still in pandemic life. And yet, a shift has arrived and there are ideas being shared that can bring comfort, illumination, and insight. So, I wanted to share...
    By Hilary Allen | September 22, 2021 | From Practice Makes Possible Blog