This Sunday

A Conversation with Flowers

Rev. Barnaby Feder

Humans have flowers to communicate with each other and, imaginatively at least, spoken to flowers themselves far longer than we can ever know. Rev. Barnaby introduces this year’s Flower Communion with some musing about what flowers have to tell us about love. Stay for our Annual Meeting and our popular Year-in-Review following worship.

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

I’ve finally figured out the perfect answer for the question “How did your sabbatical go?” It’s “We’ll see.”

     The great thing about the sabbatical was not the restorative aspect, although I did feel much better physically after getting a break from my usual routine. It was that so much was set in motion that might never have emerged otherwise. And now I see clearly that how my sabbatical went is something I can’t find out on my own.

     Let me share here just one specific example. I began during sabbatical to explore what it means for CVUUS that society as a whole is going to get considerably grayer (or whiter or balder) in the coming years. Bodies will weaken and minds may slow, but we will also be swimming in life experience and desire to use time wisely. We’ll need to rethink how to do worship and everything else that goes on here while the Baby Boom generation moves from late middle age into senior citizen status and then true old age. Read More about “From the Minister”

Save the Dates!

Rhubarb, flowers and many ways to deepen connections 

Rhubarb Festival, Sat. June 2, 10 am -2 pm  We’ll open our doors to the community for pie, lunch, books, plants, sweets and savories, “bling,” and –new this year–a puppet show and special pie auction between 11-12. See more under “Connections,” including our poster.

Flower Communion Worship Service, Sun., June 3, 10 am (followed by our Year-in-Review slide show and Annual Meeting)

Kansas City, MO… jazz, barbecue food, the Negro League Baseball Museum and the 2018 UUA General Assembly, June 21-25! General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of  UUA. Attendees worship,   witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through our democratic process. Read More about “Rhubarb, flowers and many ways to deepen connections “

Member Stories

O congregation of sensible shoes.
O buttoned plaid shirts, men in neat beards,
O matriarchs with your practical Judy Dench hair,
O, church parking lot of Prius and Volt. We

are trying. We hung Black Lives Matter
over the door, and that’s not nothing.
Nobody is saying it’s nothing. What
they’re saying is “Keep going”

Or maybe, “What next?”
If we call it Social Justice,
what next? If
we call it Radical Love.

If we call it Anti-Racism.
If we call it Covenant.
If we can say that whatever
we’ve done so far, it may not

be nothing, but it is also
not enough.

Myself, I would not know how
to go to an AME church.
I would not know where to sit
or what to wear or how to sing.

I’m sure I would be welcome, but
I am not sure that I would make it
so far as to find out. And you?
O congregation who actually sings

Kum-ba-yah. Whatever you call light,
we must shine it. Whatever you call faith,
tell it to get ready, and get ready
to lean into it. Lean forward

into the fear, the unease:
Your growing edge.
And ye shall know the fruit
is ripe when the thorns

prick your tender skin. And
it’s okay to hate it
when it makes you bleed, o friends,
o sweet earnest friends. But let us hate it

together, and let us keep going.
Let us keep going.