Category Archives: Revs. Anya & Scott’s Blog

The Listening Booth – February 2020

February 1, 2020
From Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, Senior Co-Minister While pondering resilience I often think of the word “plastic.” Before “plastic” was a noun denoting materials we should recycle (or perhaps not use in the first place), the word “plastic” was an adjective. It means...

The Shape of Integrity – January 2020

January 1, 2020
From Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, Senior Co-Minister The early American Unitarians believed in Salvation by Character – the idea that we could save ourselves by living with integrity. This radical assertion overturned the prevalent Calvanist theology of predestination – that some...

The Listening Booth – December 2019

December 1, 2019
From Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, Senior Co-Minister “Two things awe me most: the starry sky above me, and the moral law within me.”  –Immanuel Kant December is here. Another year draws to a close and we are cast into the cacophony...

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...