The View From Here – January 2017

One of my favorite Christmas presents this year is The Little Book Of Saints, complete with beautiful plates of the saints and their symbols.  Having been raised a Unitarian Universalist, I knew about three saints before starting this book, but I am now a font of useful information.  Do you know that there is one … Continued

The View From Here – December 2016

My UU ministerial Colleague, Rev Kathleen McTigue (currently the Director of the Unitarian Universalist College for Social Justice) served in parish ministry for over 25 years. This is from her Meditation manual, Shine and Shadow: On the Cusp of Winter “We’ve come to the season of waiting. The colors of autumn are gone, leaves faded and … Continued

The View From Here – November 2016

In case you have been in outer space for the past year or so, I wanted to let you know that the Presidential election is on Tuesday, Nov 8.  Please vote! Voting is one of the many privileges of being a citizen of the USA, and it’s easy to take this for granted. In fact, … Continued

The View From Here – October 2016

As many of you know, the month of October is the beginning of our Annual Canvass, or Pledge Drive. We will begin with a worship service tomorrow and delicious lunch, where our Treasurer will discuss some of the financial realities of our congregation and the building we use. Some of my colleagues dread the annual “Sermon … Continued

The View From Here – September 2016

Dear Friends, This month I am writing to you about a practice used among UU ministers to deepen spiritual practice and scholarship, to rest and recharge. This practice is the sabbatical. For a minister this is a period of paid leave dedicated to study and retreat, usually occurring once every five to seven years. 2017 … Continued

The View From Here – August 2016

Trappist monk Thomas Merton writes: “Ask me not where I live or what I like to eat . . . Ask me what I am living for and what I think is keeping me from living fully that.” ―from Thoughts in Solitude What are you living for? Do you know? Don’t feel badly if you … Continued

The View From Here – July 2016

I have been trying to say YES. “Yes” to invitations to have dinner, or coffee, hear a speaker in town. Sometimes it is hard for me to do this. I am very comfortable at home. I am quite settled in my cottage in Pigeon Cove and enjoy my own company. But I have learned that … Continued

The View From Here – June 2016

This past weekend my baby graduated from High School. Like other life passages, this one was bittersweet. I am inordinately proud of my daughter (actually, I am proud of both daughters) and all that she has accomplished; I know it is time for her to move on to the next phase. And yet I am … Continued

We Have a New Website!

Using the new WordPress Theme created by the UUA, we are delighted to have launched our new site. We hope you like it! It is completely new so take some time to look around. Please send any questions or concerns to our Church Administrator, Jenna Olson at

The View From Here – May 2016

THE VIEW FROM HERE This month, I am thrilled to tell you that the UUSR, along with UUSR friend, Lise Breen, and with help from the Gloucester UU church, has received a $2000 matching grant from the Essex National Heritage Trust! We are so pleased with the grant and hope that it is the first … Continued