Author: Randy Partain

Ruminations: Wink

Chris was a predictably playful person. I didn’t know them well, but in public settings at least, Chris was a bit impish. There was a clear indication when Chris was about engage in a bit of mischief, too. Chris would lock eyes with someone close … read more.

Ruminations: Puppy

Thinking about our Second Principle—our commitment to nurture justice, equity, and compassion in our human relationships—has me thinking about other relationships. Namely, I’m thinking about our relationships with furry, four-legged members of our households.

No, we haven’t adopted a pandemic pet. But nearly everyone on our … read more.

Ruminations: Spoon

We began Chalica this week reflecting on our First Principle as Unitarian Universalists—our mutual covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. But how do we define what it means to have “inherent worth.”

Our friend might take a piece of … read more.

Ruminations: Channeled Whelk

If you are familiar with Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea, you know that she begins each reflective chapter with a mindful description of a different kind of shell. She notes the shape, color, texture, and often an imagined history of the shell as … read more.

Ruminations: Dodgeball

Remember when I told you that we were going to have two amazing Christmas Eve services? And we imagined having hot cocoa with one another outside in between?  And you all went right away and registered online so we’d have an accurate count of how … read more.

Ruminations: Holidays

This is not a typical rumination. I’m not even sure that this is the best venue for getting all of this information to you. Hopefully you’ll glance through this and feel well-informed.

In my experience, holidays take a lot of planning. That’s really what I’m ruminating … read more.

Ruminations: Solar

This congregation knows all about solar power. Those big panels in our parking lot serve as a continual reminder of how renewable energy connects to our spiritual values.

Our household has a similar, although much smaller, device for outdoor holiday lights. Although the extent of our … read more.

Ruminations: Map

When we began our Festival of Lights series on Sunday, we started with the theme of Forgiveness. Letting go of resentment helps clear the way for us to receive hope and joy in our lives and to shine hope and joy into the world around … read more.

Ruminations: Sabbath

Sunday marks the beginning of our Festival of Lights series, which will culminate on Christmas Eve. We’ll look at some of the things we might do to shine more fully in the world around us. And curiously, it’s often the same things that allow us … read more.