Author: Mary Shelden

From Our DLRE: Centering

Jan 4, 2023

Just back from a break, I wish you Happy New Year, dear ones! I’ve spent my time away from you at year’s end in both quiet reflection and in the bosom of family and friends who love me deeply. I wish for all … read more.

From Our DLRE: Wonderland

December 1, 2022

Wasn’t it wonderful to hear our children’s choir this past Sunday? Music and the arts have a remarkable ability to bring us into a sense of wonder – and seeing our young people at an early stage of learning this wonder-making, especially under … read more.

From Our DLRE: Leaf Lessons

This past weekend, my beloved and I attended my high school class’s 40th reunion and, for me, it was a joyful event. It was gratifying and affirming to see again people I’ve been out of touch with for long years, but still hold so much … read more.

From Our DLRE: Rising

Aug 31, 2022

“And I dreamed I was flying . . . I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly, and looking back down at me smiled reassuringly.”

Back in July, after the Highland Park parade shooting, I stumbled into a Facebook post from longtime WXRT DJ, Terri … read more.

From Our DLRE: Through

August 1, 2022

I’m pretty sure I’m the kind of person who, if I had a life-threatening illness, would say, “Give it to me straight, Doc.” So I trust you’ll forgive my bluntness here in saying: it’s been another tough year, after a series of tough … read more.

From Our DLRE: Midsummer

July 2022

Happy Midsummer, Dear Ones! It is good to be back in the States and, by the time you read this, I will be back among you – though not quite as soon as anticipated. My beloved and I have been on a journey of … read more.

From Our DLRE: Breather

June 2022

The annual Congregational Meeting is behind us, the two-year, pandemic-era Coming-of-Age youth are back from Boston (thanks to awesome coordinators, Chris Smith and Linda Berry!), and Flower Communion is set for this coming Sunday. In some ways, the rhythms of the year are familiar … read more.

From Our DLRE: Something of the Beautiful

May 2022

On April 23, I spent the day at Busse Woods Nature Preserve with around 20 youth and some of their advisors, mentors, and other grownups, from five Chicago-area UU congregations. Nothing special – just a picnic and games, plus a group hike and a … read more.

From Our DLRE: Re-Awakening

April 2022

Just three weeks ago, I carried the lantern and led the children from worship to religious exploration at church. It had been a full two years since anyone had done that, and I’ve gotta say: it felt great. So marvelous to hear once again … read more.