• Jan. 15, 2020 -

    Dear CVUU Members and Friends:

    I know that there are a number of worrying and disturbing things going on in the world, and we must also remember that there is beauty, too.  A lot of that beauty is happening right here at CVUU. I ... read more.

  • Jan. 29, 2020 -

    Dear Ones of CVUU,

    I have returned from my learning adventure in El Salvador, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice.  I am so grateful to all of you for allowing me the chance to go and learn alongside of UU colleagues, ... read more.

  • Feb. 5, 2020 -

    This is a big week in the life of this congregation. Tonight begins our week of hosting 45 or so people without permanent, reliable shelter during these winter months as part of NEST (Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team).  I will have the honor of welcoming them ... read more.

  • Feb. 12, 2020 -

    Dear CVUU Members and Friends:

    So many things to be grateful for and more great stuff coming up!

    I am so grateful to all the people who made our NEST week happen.  Each night for the past week, 45 or so folks were offered ... read more.

  • Feb. 19, 2020 -

    Dear CVUU Members and Friends:

    I am so grateful for the presence of Rev. Jennifer Ryu in worship this past Sunday. Rev. Jennifer preached about the power of feeling our feelings, one of those things that might seem simple but that is surely not easy. So ... read more.

  • Jan. 8, 2020 -

    As I write this, the United Methodist Church is splitting up over inclusion of LGBTQ folks; battles are raging in Iran, escalated by our US administration’s assassination of an admittedly bad actor in that region; and much of Australia is on fire.  And that ... read more.

  • Dec. 24, 2019 -

    Lully, Lulay, thou little tiny child. Bye bye, Lully, Lulay.

    ~ Coventry Carol

    I’ve always loved that Christmas Carol, and yet it is quite jarring to juxtapose a lullaby with the story of King Herod ordering the execution of all children under the age ... read more.

  • Dec. 18, 2019 -

    “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know….”

    So many of the secular Christmas songs have a touch of melancholy in them.  Longing for the return to an earlier, more innocent time with visions of children and sugar ... read more.

  • Dec. 11, 2019 -

    Some two thousand years ago, as ancient stories tell us, a young couple traveled through the desert for many days to participate in a census, mandated by the ruling power.  She was pregnant, and the journey was hard. When her time to deliver came, no ... read more.

  • Dec. 4, 2019 -

    Dear Ones of CVUU,

    In the last few weeks, I have fallen short on my commitment to avoid cultural misappropriation, specifically, in the programming of African American spirituals without properly identifying and contextualizing them.  Now all cultures borrow from one another; we see this in food, ... read more.