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Rev. CTC's Corner
February 2017


Everything changes all the time: our bodies, other people and the world around us. In fact, change and impermanence are the fundamental realities of our lives.

– Vishvapani

Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, change is happening all around us… all the time.  It’s certainly happening here at UUFHC.  A new settled minister is on the horizon, and we’ve entered the last five months of the 2016-2017 church year.  Wow, this year is flying by!  It’s hard to believe I have served as your Interim Minister for the past six months.

Yes, our community is moving through a period of major change. I think the key words in that last sentence are moving through.  The way that we handle the next few months, as we move through change matters.  Why? The choices we make now… will set the tone for our future.

  • How we decide to react and respond to this time of uncertainty.
  • How we embrace the natural fluidity of our lives.
  • How we treat each other, while acknowledging our own impermanence.

Sometimes, in the middle of a journey, it’s easy to get angry, tired or frustrated.  We could give up and slide into bad behavior.  Or, allow ourselves to revert to old ways, but we don’t have to.  Instead, let’s navigate the waters of change by finding something to hold onto: each other.  If we can open our hearts, and support each other, this turbulent time will move us towards Harmony and Joy. 

I’ve already seen two beautiful glimpses of UUFHC’s future. First, when volunteers stepped in and gave their time and talent to our MLK Day of Service and also in the ongoing support I continue to receive as I navigate the grief surrounding my oldest son’s death.  Things may seem a bit murky right now, but the UUFHC of tomorrow is within our reach.  We are not there yet, but it’s so close I can almost see it. 

I'm hoping that each one of us continues to gently light the way—as we move forward.

See you in Church,
–Rev. Carol

P.S. Don’t forget the Chili Cook-off on Saturday February 4.  I hope you will attend.  There will be great food, fun & fellowship and live music!

P.P.S. I just finished reading a terrific book The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  In this book, they look back on their long lives and answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?  You may want to get a copy and read it too.

The Reverend Carol Thomas Cissel, Our Interim Minister

Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel

Welcome Dear Ones,

Welcome to this warm, caring, multigenerational faith community!

UUFHC is a terrific place that thrives on the meaningful participation of members and friends who represent many different walks of life, spiritual pathways, and life experiences.

Whether you have been a part of Unitarian Universalism for many years or you are a new UU, you can find your place in this Welcoming Congregation. In this loving, liberal place there are members, friends, and staff who were raised within our tradition, those who come from other faith backgrounds, and those who have never belonged to a religious community before. Join us… All Are Welcome Here!

Please join us for Sunday Morning Services and Religious Education at 10:30am. If you are not ready to attend a service, stop by after worship at 11:30am for coffee and conversation.

If you are interested, curious or seeking and want to learn more about UUFHC or the Unitarian Universalist faith—I would be more than happy to set up a time during the week to speak with you about this community and the myriad of ways that you might find a spiritual home here.

I hope that I have the chance to get to know you, and if possible your loved ones, much better… very, very soon!

Love & Blessings,


Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel

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