Our incoming settled minister, Rachael Hayes, was ordained in a joint ceremony with her colleague, Shari Halliday-Quan, in a joint ceremony on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York. The two had met while studying for … read more.
It has been said that a good poem should resist the intelligence almost successfully. I take that to mean that for a poem (or any work of art) to have depth, significance, and the capacity to transcend the moment, it should be challenging enough to … read more.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst is pleased and excited to announce our settled minister, Rachael Hayes!
Rachael grew up in Kentucky and attended a mixture of Catholic and public schools. In high school, she got involved with the drama club and was hooked, … read more.
New England winters are not Arctic but certainly long enough and cold enough to make us welcome spring in all of its warmth and beauty. I’ll bet we all have our favorite spring flowers and plants; mine are lilacs. We had them in our backyard—the … read more.
New England springs are wondrous fickle. There are days, even a week or so, that almost make the winter worthwhile, only to turn surly and March-like the next. We are ready for the sweet, true warmth of June well before it arrives, ready to put … read more.
Spirit of Life, this day our hearts are with the Muslim community of Christchurch, New Zealand, as they recover from the horrible attack upon them during their most sacred hour of worship. We pray for those who were killed and for their grieving families. … read more.
I know that not all of us are members of “Red Sox Nation,” as the dedicated followers of the Red Sox have named themselves, nor for that matter, baseball fans of any description. Many are those who pay no attention whatsoever to the day in … read more.
From time to time I have used, for closing words, the following poem by the contemporary American poet, Thomas R. Smith:
It’s like so many other things in life
to which you must say no or yes.
So you take your car to the new mechanic.
Sometimes the … read more.
I enjoy the imperative quality of winter. Love it or hate it, you cannot ignore it. Even if you travel south to escape it, it is winter that drives the decision. With all of the blandness of real power, winter simply occurs all over … read more.
A traditional description of Christmas, one steeped in piety and sentiment, is “The Season of Miracles.” Miracle, as it is generally understood in this context, refers to the supposed conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit of God to the young Virgin Mary, followed by … read more.