The Chalice Blog

Major Happenings in April!

1) "Questions to Ponder" from Erica Shadowsong, the Interim Direcetor of Spiritual Exploration

IT’S APRIL!  I am excited.  I am excited for you, because this is the month when all the plans for next year’s spiritual exploration begin to take solid form!  This year, you get to imagine a new year with a dynamic new religious educator.  I have no doubt that you will find that perfect fit.  I have always felt that UUCDC has much promise.

Click here for some things to be thinking about this month as we all anticipate meeting our permanent Director of Spritual Exploration!

2) Church Spring Clean-up on April 22 was a enjoyable success in the rain. :)

Property team leader, Dave Demarest, was pleased and thankful that all items on the check list were prefessionally completed by a great bunch of helpers!

3) Gala Banquet and Share the Plate to support Chester Eastside.

Our community outreach partner Chester Eastside Inc. transforms people's lives in Chester City every day.  You can support this organization in two ways this month; by contributing through the monthy "Share the Plate" Sunday April 9th, and attending the April 29 fundraiser dinner gala.  Read about it here!  

Major Happenings in February!

1) The Annual Fund Drive is underway!  Learn all about it here!

2) Search for a new Director of Religious Education

UUCDC seeks a DRE to lead the congregation’s Religious Education program.  The DRE facilitates the delivery of programming for the spiritual enrichment of children and youth in accord with the congregation’s core values.  Click here to learn all about it!

3) Rev. Peter's poem this month is based on the spiritual theme for February, "Identity".

 
"Searching"
 
‘Searching’
Somewhere, there is a place
where the earth yawns open,
and only you may enter its mouth.
 

A Popular Event and the January Poem from Rev. Peter

Chile, Chocolate and Home Brew Challenge!

Dont miss this fun, popular community event on Feb. 11, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm!

Rev. Peter's poem this month is based on the spiritual theme for January, "Prophecy".

"Let the Future Come"
 
If twenty, thirty years ago,
you were told the truth 
of your life today,
Would you have embraced
it as a friend,
or run the other way?
 
Is the path you’re on,
the place you are
where you thought you’d be?
Or are you on a journey 
of adventure
and discovery?
 

Happy Holidays! and The December Poem from Rev. Peter

Find Peace and Love at the UUCDC December Services! (See Events Calendar below)

 

Rev. Peter's poem that follows for this month is based on the spiritual theme for December, "Presence".

 

       "Beauty Awaits its Audience"
 
It is the poet’s task to give words
to experience, and to connect the reader’s 
synapses with their soul. 
But metaphor and simile are dull chisels
in my hands tonight,
as I sit, awestruck, at the sight of
the moonrise over Madagascal Pond.
 

The Monthly Poem from Rev. Peter

Rev. Peter's poem that follows for this month is based on the spiritual theme for November, "Story".

 

                      "Catastrophes"
 
She lost her balance getting out of the tub,
her head glancing off the sink as she went down,
and lies lifeless on the bathroom floor,
her blood staining an eclipse across the 
sunburst bathmat that she loved so much.
 

October News and the monthly Poem from Rev. Peter

In addition to a poem offering from Rev. Peter, it is important to highlight two news items this month.  The first is a new video from the UUA.  Called "We are Unitarian Universalists", it discusses the people of many backgrounds in our congregations, who have different beliefs, but shared values. Together, we offer a guided path towards a better you and a better world. Click here to get to know us in this short animated video.

The second is "Auction 2016" on November 5!  Read about it here and use this on-line form to register an auction item.  If you have trouble with the on-line form or would like additional information, contact Jane Seelaus at auction@uucdc.org.

The poem that follows for this month is based on the spiritual theme for October, "Healing".

 

                      "The Healers"
 
Created in a momentary 
megatonic blast, for thirteen 
billion years the Universe 
has been ripping itself apart.
 

September Poem from Rev. Peter

This year, Rev. Peter is offering up an original poem that is linked to our current spiritual theme or writing a newsletter "column", depending on what seems best. The spiritual theme for September is "Covenant".

 

                      "A Promise"
 
A promise is a sparrow's wing,
on which we rise to the higher things.
It lifts us up to sights not seen
by grounded ones who fail to dream.
 

Summer Poem from Rev. Peter

This year, instead of writing a newsletter "column" each month, Rev. Peter is offering up an original poem that is linked to our current spiritual theme. The spiritual theme for the summer is "Simplicity".

 

                      "Beauty"
 
I have always yearned for an astronaut’s
view of the Earth. They say it changes you
to see the world this way - no borders,
no politics, no languages, no walls.
I ache for the awe of that perspective.
 

May Poem from Rev. Peter

This year, instead of writing a newsletter "column" each month, Rev. Peter is offering up an original poem that is linked to our monthly spiritual theme. The spiritual theme for May is "Blessing".

 

“Sense of Blessing”

I know what a blessing looks like,
and I’m not talking about a picture of
the Pope placing his cupped hands
on a child’s head.

It looks like the midnight delivery
of a stunned and wide-eyed Indian orphan
to her adoptive parents at the baggage claim
carousel in Terminal E of Logan Airport;
and a full moon rising over Mt. Katahdin
on an autumn night so clear and cold
it makes your teeth ache.