Articles, Reflections, & Announcements


New Indwellers Group at UUCT

By Natalie Binder

Adults 25-49 are invited to join Indwellers, a new cohort group for socialization, community connection and spiritual exploration. Indwellers is inspired by the Hindu “Grihastha” stage of life. Usually translated as the “householder” stage, this stage of adulthood is focused on caregiving, citizenship, career and personal development, and deep engagement with daily life.

You can look forward to a bimonthly Zoom discussion on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, social events, and community care.  Join us for our first discussion on Zoom on Tuesday, December 8 at  8 p.m. 

For more information, visit  or contact Natalie Binder.

Kindemic Update

By Helen Rivers

Did you know that just as the COVID pandemic spreads by droplets, the Kindemic spreads by kindlets?  With 24 individuals and households participating UUCT’s Kindemic is off to a great start! Participants received their kindlet assignments this week and are already spreading kindness. Huge shoutout to Marty Beech for being the first person to complete a kindlet!

If you didn’t sign up for the Kindemic but still want to get involved, please email Helen at and they will send you the name and address of a UUCT member or friend to send a card or note to.

We are looking forward to seeing this kindness go viral. Happy kindness spreading!

Food for Thought ~ What do you know about quinoa and why has it become so popular?

By Linda Oaksford

Unfortunately, there is a misconception that people who consume a plant-based diet do not get enough protein. However, this is totally incorrect, as people who adopt plant-rich diets not only get enough protein but are usually much healthier than those people who eat a lot of meat and dairy. In addition, there are many delicious dishes that are not only better for the environment, but less expensive, healthier, and quite flavorful.

Did you know that one of the best plant-based sources of protein is quinoa, which is considered a complete protein source? There is an abundance of dishes we can prepare with this nutritious protein-rich food which keeps us feeling full and provides numerous health benefits. If you’d like to learn more about quinoa and the power of eating plants, join us next Thursday, December 10th, at 7:00 PM on zoom. Please consider sharing a protein-rich recipe that is made with quinoa, or just another healthy dish that you would like to share.

If you would like to attend, but have never joined our Food for Thought group on zoom, please email me at:, so that you can receive the zoom link.

Church Work Day Next Saturday

By Bonnie Abellera

Join us next Saturday December 12 9am – 2 pm for our monthly church work day. Feel free to bring your lunch. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Hope to see you there!

Community Care

By Carolyn Pardue

UUCT members rock.

I started to inventory for our Christmas baskets for families enrolled in Grace Mission SOAR after school program. We have what we need plus extras for each family. And thanks to your generousity, we should be able to provide a little cash donation to SOAR as they begin 2021.

You may still bring any food, toiletry donation and they will be used for Manna on Meridian this month. The need is always there. Manna on Meridian is coming up Saturday December 19.

Manna chooses too not collect personal information from clients. There needs to be a place where if someone needs food and does not want to be known, they can go – Manna is that place. As a result, however, Manna cannot participate in the wonderful programs of Second Harvest, USDA and others. So everything Manna distributes has to be donated to Manna or purchased by Manna.

Staples in every grocery bag include: cereal (hot and cold); pasta sauce; tomatoes/sauce; pasta; canned veggies and canned beans; canned soups; mac and cheese; canned tuna and canned chicken breast and, of course, peanut butter.
Optionals: small bags of sugar, bottles of vegetable oil, small bags of flour; toiletries, especially soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, personal hygiene for women; mustard,
mayo, ketchup.

It cannot be emphasized enough the wonderful work our congregation continues to do to help provide goods/services to our community. Thank you