Posts by Michelle Yates

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Walking Together- February 2017

by Michelle Yates

Our Faith Development theme for February comes from the fifth line from Rev. L.G. Williams’ Affirmation of Faith.  This affirmation, #471 in our hymnal, is recited weekly in many UU congregations.  As an exploration of what we believe and aspire to as Unitarian Universalists, I will be reflecting on one line each month throughout this […]

Walking Together- August 2016

by Michelle Yates

Summer is the perfect time for adventure! The perfect time to get out and explore! To experience the world and your relationships anew! In this season, I am reminded of Sophia Lyons Fahs (August 2, 1876 – April 14, 1978), the “great grandmother” of liberal religious education.  She was a revolutionary thinker who began the […]

Walking Together- July 2016

by Michelle Yates

July 2016 As a kid, I took things pretty seriously. One of these things was love of country. I was sincere in the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance. I was attentive to the words of every patriotic song. I stood for and respected the flag. That’s not to say I don’t still do these […]

Walking Together- June 2016

by Michelle Yates

June Newsletter 2016 Annual Reports can be a kind of spiritual practice. Stay with me on this…. With the rhythms of life, I’ve always identified more with the academic year or “church year” than the January to December model. The “church year”: starting in September, ending in June, with two months in between to buffer […]

Walking Together- May 2016

by Michelle Yates

May Newsletter 2016 There is nothing like moving to show you how much STUFF you have, OR when you are trying to live while not settled in, how essential some items are. In my family’s recent move I’ve learned that I have an excessive amount of books. What seemed reasonable at one time, is now […]

Walking Together- April 2016

by Michelle Yates

April 2016- Passover is Great! Passover makes me think of Moses, which reminds me of one of my very favorite Biblical themes: the “Call Narrative.” A “Call Narrative” is the part in so many biblical stories where God says something along the lines of, “Hey you, I want you to go and do this really […]

Walking Together- March 2016

by Michelle Yates

Another month; another source!! In a living tradition like Unitarian Universalism, there are many sources that influence our spirituality, theology, and way of living into our faith. The “Six Sources” try to capture, as concisely as possible, these influences. The fourth source is, “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our […]

Walking Together- February 2016

by Michelle Yates

Another month; another source!! In a living tradition like Unitarian Universalism, there are many sources that influence our spirituality, theology and way of living into our faith. The “Six Sources” try to capture, as concisely as possible, these influences. The third source is: “Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual […]

Walking Together- January 2016

by Michelle Yates

In a living tradition like Unitarian Universalism, there are many sources that influence our spirituality, theology and way of living into our faith. The “Six Sources” try to capture, as concisely as possible, these influences. We reflected on the first source, “Mystery and Wonder,” in November. For January let’s consider the second source: “Words and deeds of […]

Walking Together- December 2015

by Michelle Yates

Each one of us can’t help but notice the daily reduction of our daylight hours in this season of the year. Some of us keenly feel the lack of light, and await its slow return after December 21. “Light” is an important part of our language and cultural theology, such as seeing a light when we are […]