Connie Simon

We Remember Them, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity for communities to come together and remember transgender people, gender-variant individuals, and those perceived to be transgender, who have been murdered because of hate. We remember those who were lost to violence this year and affirm our commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of all lives. 

We’re All in This Together, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

Census reports show that poverty in Philadelphia remains the worst among the nation’s big cities.  Government doesn’t seem to have any answers.  What is our responsibility as people of faith?  How can we work together with interfaith partners to help our community? 

Begin Again in Love, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

We’ve all experienced hurt or disappointment because of our own actions or the actions of others.  As we celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days, we remember that one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and others is the gift of forgiveness and the opportunity to begin again in love. 

In-Gathering Water Ceremony: Ocean in a drop, Rev. Kent Matthies

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in one drop.” ~ Rumi. As we begin the new church year, we celebrate inherent wisdom, strength and courage. Bring water from home or a place special to you to pour into a community bowl, highlighting blessings given and received. 

Interfaith Connection and Action, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

Radical hospitality is described as going beyond politeness – it’s greeting the stranger with “revolutionary generosity.”  Can neighbors with widely different religious beliefs work together for their community’s common good?   Connie Simon reminds us that we are stronger together and previews her upcoming Interfaith Connection and Action project. 

Journey Toward Wholeness, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

Humans are fragile creatures –alternately weak and strong, brave and frightened, carrying our hopes and dreams, burdens, fears and insecurities as we navigate through life.  Sometimes our fragility tears us apart individually and as community.  It can also bring us closer.   How do we come together in wholeness?

A UU Easter Celebration, Connie Simon, Intern Minister

How do Unitarian Universalists observe Easter in a way that acknowledges and honors our Judeo-Christian heritage while still recognizing the rich theological diversity that makes our faith tradition so unique? Please join us as we give new thought to the Easter celebration. Bring a flower-per-person to participate in the flowering of the chalice.