Minister

Sunday Services — 10:15 A.M.

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From John Nichols

Friends, February 19 will be my last day with you, and your minister will be back with you the following week. I’ve spent a very pleasant half-year in your company. You are, as I have always thought, an active and fascinating congregation with human resources that many other congregations would love to have. I will … Continued

From the Minister: An Unwritten Covenant

In my first congregation, Pledge Sunday came and went in a day, and I didn’t even know it was happening. The wealthier members of the church had been told to be there with their checkbooks on a particular March Sunday. I noticed an unusually busy coffee hour after which the budget, for all intents and … Continued

Ministerial Musings

There is an old saying that “The perfect is the enemy of the good” or “of the good enough.” It applies particularly to groups of high achievers who expect a great deal of themselves and of others. Such people – and a lot of UUs fall into this category – are relentlessly critical of themselves, … Continued

From the Minister: Clarification

Friends, There seems to be some confusion about how long I will be with you. Since the end of that time period is coming sooner than some of you think, I should clarify the situation. The letter of agreement stipulates a part time ministry. Part time is described as twenty-five hours. It began on September … Continued

Minister’s Discretionary Fund

The Minister’s Discretionary Fund exists at the heart of our common ministry. It is used throughout the year to help members of our community, both here at FUSN and the larger community of which we are a part, find a way through difficult times. If this is a year that finds you feeling comfortable with … Continued

From the Minister: In the Interim

I hope that you had the holiday you needed to have, but I am willing to bet that it was less than perfect. It may even have fallen far short of what you wanted. You may not have been given something you really hoped (and actively campaigned) for, or you may have been given gifts … Continued

From the Minister: In The Interim

When you take the audio-tape tour of the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge you learn that the early Puritan grave yards were stark and almost brutal in their reminder that death is the ultimate goal of every life, and so one had prepare for it. The Puritan cemetery was a place of warnings. It was … Continued

Rev. John Nichols — Office Hours

John will be in his office on: Sunday, from 9:00-1:00 Tuesday, 9:00 – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. Thursday. 9:00 – 1:00 p.m.

From the Minister: Thoughts in Progress

Many UU parishioners are not fond of ministerial sabbaticals. Until about thirty years ago sabbaticals were granted only to academics of a certain standing in their profession. Intense pressure by the UU Ministers Association brought them into play for ministers. Since then we have been working out how to make them possible and productive for everyone. Since it is a minister’s sabbatical … Continued