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Inside Out

Our award-winning building “brings the outside inside”. It will be great when we can return and be together. Waiting… Outside looking inside looking outside… For Jerry. Memorial Garden from the bridge. View from a classroom in the new wing. View from the Fiatfalva Room. Deb Peck planted the Ostrich ferns on the Fireside Patio earlier … read more

The Parenting World According to Twitter

A UU religious professional shared the above tweet, with “and we can’t even move to Australia.”  I remember when life with a preschooler felt like this. Staying home all day, every day with your children and/or partner, and/or pets and maybe grandparents isn’t ideal.   But for parents, perhaps the following image flashing by every 20 tweets … read more

This week is a turning point for me…what about you?

It’s raining this morning and the view outside my window is bright green. The noisy dog has barked alerting us to an almost-out-of-sight clan of deer. They are making their morning trek from one place along the Cabin John Trail to another. Tree bark appears coal black so the contrast takes your breath away….if one … read more

Brava! Bravo!

by Gabrielle Farrell, April 1   “Courage,” Maya Angelou writes,  “is the most central virtue because without it you can not consistently live out the other virtues.” Can we teach courage then?  Writers, philosophers and theologians alike suggest that courage is borne from engaging the world, not being protected from it. But what about now? … read more

Major League Baseball Would Have Opened Today

From Gabrielle, March 26 It isn’t the saddest thing about rarely leaving our homes except for exercise and fresh air and the occasional run to the grocery store. Some still go the doctor or get a blood test or do essential work that puts them close to  other people. For me, one of the most … read more

Knowing When to Leave

From Gabrielle, March 4, 2020 Dear River Road Community, I write to inform you of my resignation from serving as your Lifespan Religious Educator and from full-time religious education ministry, effective June 30th. As some of you know, River Road is the 3rd congregation I have served, First Unitarian of St. Louis and All Souls … read more

Will You Join Me at the Retreat in West River?

From Gabrielle, February 24 Will you join me at the Retreat in West River?  Last week, while working with the 3rd-5th graders on Making Sandcastles (and what it teaches us about resilience), part of the challenge was finding a partner to work with who was not a good friend. There were eleven (11) children in the room and … read more