Margret’s Musings

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Transitions: When I began my service here as your interim minister, way back in September 2014, I wrote, “I am an intentional interim minister, and my commitment is to work with the congregation in this time of transition to energize and strengthen the church as you prepare to call your next settled minister.”  It is … Continued

Ministers Blog: Declaring in Conscience

The first image of “conscience” that I remember in my own life was that of Jiminy Cricket singing to Pinocchio, advising him to “always let your conscience be your guide.”   The challenge that Pinocchio faced, of course, was how to make the transition from puppet to real boy, and how to live as a human … Continued

Minister’s Blog: United Against Hate

In February, I joined a local interfaith group called Schenectady Clergy Against Hate. In my first meeting with them, we discussed a variety of initiatives to promote the positive values of our faith traditions, and they shared a pledge they had written for members of local congregations to make for themselves – a pledge to … Continued

Minister’s Blog: Ducklings and Swans

I read novels for relaxation, and lately I found myself pondering my enjoyment of the stories by one of my favorite authors, Robin McKinley – wondering what it was about them that captured my affection.  I finally realized that a reason her stories resonate for me is that there is an “ugly duckling” theme that … Continued

Minister’s Blog: Half Empty or Half Full?

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?  As we enter another year, do you find yourself hopeful or anxious?  I know that I experience both hope and anxiety in various combinations these days, depending on my mood, my energy, and what is happening around me on any given day.  Although I know based on excellent … Continued

Minister’s Blog: Light in the Darkness – December

At this time of the Winter Solstice, especially on those overcast December days, I often find myself reflecting on the growing darkness in the environment around me, and it is easy to feel an intensified inner darkness that seems to match the patterns of sun and weather.  I know that is why there are so … Continued

Margret’s Musings: November 2016

The Strength of Teams:  A couple of years ago as I started my work with you in this interim time, I asked a group of about 30 church members (people in elected and voluntary positions of leadership) what you thought you should focus on to get ready for the next phase of your evolving history, … Continued

Margret’s Musings: October 2016

In the Center, Beneath It All During August, I finally convinced a few people to humor my curiosity and move the carpet from the center of the worship space in the Great Hall, exposing the yin-yang symbol that lies hidden at the heart of this sacred community space. This was no simple task, since rolling … Continued

Margret’s Musings – September 2016

Leading into possibility What does it mean to lead, to be a leader; what might it mean to think of yourself as a leader?  The current version of my evolving definition of leadership is “taking action with others who share your values and commitments, in order to effect the change that you wish to see … Continued

Margret’s Musings – August 2016

Rev. Margret A. O’Neall, Minister Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered. We must hold each other tight & continue to pull back the veil. (words posted by blogger Adrienne Mare Brown) These past several weeks have been a time of tearing off the veil and exposing a side of our society that … Continued