Category Archives: Revs. Anya & Scott’s Blog

The Listening Booth – October 2019

October 1, 2019
“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” —Maya Angelou Belonging is drenched with our concepts of home and self. We want to be affirmed for who we truly are. We long to...

The Beauty of Collaboration: Hospitality at UUCM

June 1, 2019
From Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael , Senior Co-Minister “Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change...

The Listening Booth – May 2019

May 2, 2019
“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” – Albert Einstein I was someone who did not always thrive in formal classroom settings. I did well enough in school, for a time, but became frustrated with the model of...

The Listening Booth – February 2019

February 1, 2019
Theme of the Month – TRUST You would probably not be surprised how often people ask ministers questions about trust, usually in the context of relationships that have disappointed, grown distant, or worse. People rightly wonder, “How do I maintain this...

Possibilities Abound – January 2019

January 1, 2019
From Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, Senior Co-Minister There is a slight possibility that Rev. Scott and I will move into our new home in Montclair the day before Christmas Eve. There is a greater possibility that we will move into our...

Experimentation, Change and Community – April 2018

April 1, 2018
From Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, Senior Co-Minister Perhaps you were present for the “Experiment!” service on March 18, 2018. If not, I encourage you to listen to the sermon podcast ( As senior co-minister with accountability for Worship at UUCM, I...

The Listening Booth – February 2018

February 1, 2018
From Rev. Scott  Sammler-Michael, Senior Co-Minister  “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill How do we “make a life by what we give?” At the U we do this...

Hope: It Looks to Me Like a Community – January 2018

January 1, 2018
From Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, Senior Co-Minister I’ve begun to receive holiday cards. One of the notes came, as it does every year, from an intentional community where I lived for a year and a half, while studying for the ministry...