Showing all posts by tag "faith"
UCOM facing a crisis
September 21st, 2023
UCOM is currently facing the most significant financial hurdles of our nearly 40-year history. For the first time, the future of the organization, and the support you help provide to those in need, is in jeopardy.
Serious challenges lie ahead for UCOM and our neighbors and only you...
David's Healthy Adventure
August 1st, 2023
Taken from UCOM's Summer Newsletter
“It’s not just a handout but a friendship thing. You’re sharing something with someone.” This is what David had to say about the important place UCOM holds...
All Is Not Well
June 1st, 2023
No one appreciates the sentiments of Julian of Norwich better than I. “All shall be well, and all shall be well. And all manner of things shall be well.”
I appreciate the positive sense of this proverb especially when I need to remind myself that whatever...
Two Ways You Can Help to Eradicate Poverty
May 1st, 2023
Like many of our neighbors, Brenda works for less than $9 an hour, not enough to pay for childcare for her two pre-schoolers. If her 70-year-old mother-in-law were unwilling to watch the children for free, Brenda would lose money if she worked.
Food-service workers are, if anything,...
Benefits of recurring giving
April 1st, 2023
Look around you. So many of your neighbors never had the privileges that we have.
I urge you to experience these questions.
What would you do if you were abruptly unemployed?
What if this unemployment came on the heels of medical bills that depleted your savings?
Thoughts on Freedom
March 1st, 2023
From Bishop Yvette Flunder (she, her)
These were some of my takeaways from a message by the bishop on MLK Day. She used the story of the Israelites' escape from Egypt and their growth during their wilderness wandering as a starting point.
There are so many thoughts here...
3 Things to Know About UCOM's Faith
February 1st, 2023
1. Faith is not a static nebulous noun. It is an action verb.
It is not what we think or feel or even believe. It is the activity that reveals our essence.
This kind of faith is not orthodoxy (saying or believing prescribed doctrines). It is orthopraxis...
Plant, Water, Weed, Repeat
April 2nd, 2022
“Plant, water, weed, water, weed, weed, water, weed…” That’s what Trisha Belbot, UCOM’s Growing Green Neighbors Manager, replied when I asked her how to have a successful garden.
Then she added, “Know what you are doing and harvest at the right time....
March 1st, 2022
I don’t know enough about international affairs, history, and geopolitics to write about Russia’s invasion into Ukraine. My problem is that I can’t think about anything else right now. I do have a certain amount of education in morals and ethics that makes me feel qualified...
Advocating for Equity
February 1st, 2022
A school board in Tennessee just voted 10-0 to ban a Pulitzer-prize winning book about the Holocaust.
A Jewish couple in Tennessee has been denied the opportunity to adopt a child with special needs. The tax-supported Christian adoption agency denied them because of their...