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Thank you Lay Sunday 2016!

Our Board of Trustees at the Unitarian Church of All Souls performed yet another Lay Sunday for the Ages last Sunday, January 31st, 2016. Here is our program. We wanted to showcase our Vision 2020 project in a worship manner and we succeeded. Truly, we are indebted to All Souls for nourishing our sp... [More]

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UUA GA 2015 Reflections: “It’s about Integrity”

Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations meets for its General Assembly (GA). To me it represents our Mecca journey. We UUs do not have a doctrinal test, nor a Rome, or a Salt Lake City; instead, our pilgrimages are fluid where-ever our spirit moves us to act, for justice, compassion, peace... They are formed by the circumstances that drive meaning in our lives, within our 7 principles… This year our GA was held in Portland, Oregon. GA is a time and place where UUs recharge their batteries, think about what we can do for our congregations, and hopefully for our world. It’s a time for inspiration, fellowship, laughter and tears, a way to reconnect with old friends and gain new ones… [More]

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Africa 2014: Vignettes of Kenya

I was fortunate to join a group of friends from my church, All Souls NYC, led by Professor Ford, on a mission of hope, outreach, and fellowship to Kenya. In Nairobi, everyday is different. Going with the flow rules the spirit. There’s a thread of energy that connects the people from the earth... [More]

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Ahead of their time: Vision and Mission

The Nairobi UU Church does not have a building, but it has a stated written vision and mission (something even our own Church of All Souls in NYC doesn’t have – we can learn from them). Their vision is: 1) To capture an inspiring vision for our future 2) To use as the basis for developing a strat... [More]

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My First Sermon

I thought I was just going for a ride this trip. Little did I know I would be chairing meetings, running groups, and in apex of one Sunday, also delivering my first sermon (!). It was of amazing coincidence that I took my traveling chalice, which we ended up giving as a gift from our congregation to... [More]

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Bond 7 Whiskey Nights: Heri!

After a hard day’s work with our Kenyan sisters and brothers, our crew would engage in fellowship, kindled by Kenyan whiskey, Tuskers, and the mauve skies of Nairobi. As I look at some of these pictures, I think about the distance created by time and space, and I know these friendships will en... [More]

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The Slums: Little Angels Lifting The World in Hope

One of the members (Jane) of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nairobi runs a school for orphaned children who live in a slum. The Little Angels Academy, as it’s called, has 55 children, from Pre-Kindergarten to 2nd grades. Several of their parents have passed away because of AIDS. The scho... [More]

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Haggling!

Professor Ford had told us that one must haggle when purchasing souvenirs in Kenya. It would be an insult to a Kenyan for a tourist to not engage in the barter practice, even if the price given by a merchant is already less than one would pay for the item, particularly since for us westerners, one d... [More]

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Professor Ford: Our Chief Apostle

We were called Professor Ford’s 12 apostles. He has been going to Africa for 40 years; so he is masterful at navigating the continent. He has practiced consensus building in areas where men have laid their weapons down in order so that the community can move on to a more prosperous collaborati... [More]

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Justus: Philosophiam, Vir Magnus

I met my philosophical uncle from another continent. He was born some 77 plus years ago, but he would prefer to say that his birth certificate is just paper concealing the real magic of rebirth. Many years ago, over the side of the road on one of his drives, he saw a baptism and decided to join, and... [More]

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