Posts by Jamie Petts

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The New Sanctuary Movement

by Jamie Petts

By Elizabeth Sollie, ministerial intern As interest grows around the sanctuary movement, I have been asked to share my particular experience with the New Sanctuary Movement. My home congregation voted to become a sanctuary church and brought Arturo Hernandez-Garica into sanctuary in 2015. I was the president of the board during our discernment process. After […]

A note from our RE Associate, Rachel Kohler

by Jamie Petts

Who knew that six months could pass so quickly? Mid-July seems merely a few weeks past, when, unsure of what my future held, I stapled copies of my resume to job applications for Dutch Bros and grabbed my car keys on my way out the door to drop them off…and then Jill McAllister called to […]

Adult Religious Growth and Learning – by Ann Mbacke

by Jamie Petts

  Over the past few months, we have shared the seven principles and a brief description of what they mean; now let’s consider what they mean in action. Given the continued violence in the world around us – and, at times, within us – I have been going back to those who came before me […]

The World of Technology & Emotion – by Leslie Chartier

by Jamie Petts

Ever get one of those emails that you read and your blood boils? What was that person thinking?? Perhaps it’s a quick cut to your self-esteem or integrity … maybe questioning your decisions in a way that makes you feel “less than.” Something is triggered and you want to click reply (or even better, reply […]

Lifespan Religious Exploration – by Michael Molk

by Jamie Petts

With a mixture of deep appreciation, sadness, and joy, I say goodbye to Ann Mbacke, who for the past two years has served as our Director of Adult Religious Growth and Learning. During Ann’s time at the Fellowship, adult religious education programs have flourished. Ann brought a wealth of knowledge, perspective, expertise, and passion to […]

An Ethic of Risk

by Jamie Petts

In May our services touched on themes of risk and experimentation: from Thoreau’s adventure in minimalist life on Walden Pond, to imagining what our democratic congregational life might look like, to living into the change and loss that inevitably come with life itself, we have been considering how to embrace uncertainty. Unitarian Universalist academic and […]

Homesick for the Future: “What if it’s not ok?” by Rachel Brinker

by Jamie Petts

  UUFC member Rachel Brinker delivered this reflection as part of the “Homesick for the Future” service on May 22, 2016.   Before I had children, I listened to an hour or more of news every day, I identified as a climate activist. I even wrote my Master’s thesis on women and climate change and […]

Ministering to Our Children & Youth, by Michael Molk

by Jamie Petts

Adults who volunteer as children’s guides and youth advisors in our Fellowship’s Religious Exploration (RE) program participate in fulfilling our mission: “Explore. Love. Act. We gather as an inclusive religious community to search for meaning, build deep connections, and inspire action toward a better world for all.” The Oxford Dictionary defines a “mission” as “a […]

Annual Meeting 2016

by Jamie Petts

This Sunday at 12:45 PM, the UUFC Annual Meeting will take place. Here’s what you need to know: Lunch and childcare will be provided. Join us in the Social Hall at 12:15 for a light lunch, then get any children who are with you settled with care providers and settle yourself in the Sanctuary/Fellowship Hall. […]

The Gathered Community

by Jamie Petts

When our Puritan ancestors, from whom came the American Unitarians, formed a congregation, they said that congregation was “gathered” rather than “founded” or “established” or “planted.” In that phrase – the gathering of a congregation – there is a sense that our congregations are formed around a sense of recognition and a desire to be […]