Dear Ones,

Like many things, the internet is both wonderful and terrible. It connects us, which depending on our motives, creates love and trust or pain and distrust. With my column this month, I’m bringing attention to one terrible thing and a few wonderful ones.

First, there is a scam going around that I want to warn you about. Scammers set up fake email addresses that look like they belong to clergy and then email members of congregations asking for help. At least a few of you have gotten emails like this that say they are from me, but aren’t. I will never ask you to wire money or buy gift cards from me. If something seems strange, check what email address it is from or feel free to call me or the church office to ask about it.

Now, a few wonderful things on the internet. There are a number of great UU resources online. Here are a few of my favorites:

UUA WorshipWeb (https://www.uua.org/worship). This is a section of the Unitarian Universalist Association website (which has a lot of other good things too) devoted to resources for worship. If you want a chalice lighting to use with your family, a meditation for personal reflection, or opening words for a meeting you are leading, this is a wonderful resource. I use materials from WorshipWeb, most of which are written by Unitarian Universalists, regularly in our Sunday services.

Braver/Wiser (https://www.uua.org/braverwiser). This is another UUA resource, a weekly email with a short reflection from a religious leader and a prayer. It comes on Wednesdays and is an often-inspiring dose of church in the middle of the week. It aspires to be ‘a weekly message of courage and compassion for life as it is.’ I find myself looking forward to it every week.

Harvard Square Library (https://www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/) This is a resource for the history buffs among us. It is an extensive collection of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist biographies, history, books, and media. Do you want pdf copies of out-of-print worship books, hundreds of short biographies of notable people who share our faith, or minutes from every Unitarian Universalist General Assembly? This is the resource for you.

I invite you to explore these useful resources – and let me know what interesting things you find.

 

See you in church,
Rev. Rachel

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