Posts by Michelle Yates

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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 […]

Walking Together- November 2015

by Michelle Yates

         “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” ― Socrates Many of us have heard of the Seven Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, but less of us have heard of, or explored the Six Sources. Like the Principles, these are not doctrine, dogma, or commandments. Given our diversity of beliefs, the Principles and Sources […]

Renewing the Family Sized Church Conference connects churches from across the state for learning, fellowship and fun!!

by Michelle Yates

On Sat, Nov. 21st many of our members attended the conference that we co-hosted with the East Aurora Church. Besides members of the Hamburg and East Aurora churches, the conference was attended by representatives from the UU Congregations of Jamestown, Fredonia, Albion, Athens-Sheshequin, Cortland, Niagara Falls, and more. Workshops offered included: Barn-raising – connecting to […]

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 […]

Walking Together – Nov 2015

by Michelle Yates

Walking Together “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” ― Socrates Many of us have heard of the Seven Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, but less of us have heard of, or explored the Six Sources. Like the Principles, these are not doctrine, dogma, or commandments. Given our diversity of beliefs, the Principles and Sources […]

Walking Together – Oct 2015

by Michelle Yates

UUs tend to be a pretty brainy group.  We love facts and statistics, ideas and even art.  But what do we do for fun?  For as much as October and Halloween embraces the frightening, at the heart of all the festivities is a sense of playfulness. If there is one thing I’ve learned in recent […]