Ministers Messages


First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston - Chalice
October 2, 2021

Dear Beloved Community:

This morning many members and friends of First Houston are gathering to participate in the Women’s March. Rev. Scott and the Justice Coordinating Council are meeting up at the 1500 McKinney. Please join with them for this event. Wear your yellow “Side with Love” shirt and don’t forget a mask.

Also today, Saturday, October 2nd at 5:00 p.m. Central, we are holding our first in-person Spanish language service, “Reimaginando Nuestra Comunidad.” It will also be livestreamed. It is the first of three in-person Spanish language services that we will be holding this program year. And it is part of our nascent Spanish language ministry which also includes a monthly Grupo de Crecimiento Espiritual. That group will be meeting next month in a hybrid format (Zoom/in-person). As I noted in my last sermon, our modest effort is one of the very few Spanish language ministries in the Unitarian Universalist Association. I am excited about seeing how it unfolds.

The other piece of news I want to share with you pertains to our search for a new Music Director. As you probably know, Mark is leaving First Houston on January 1, 2022 for a faculty position at Lone Star College. We are at the beginning of the process to hire his replacement and are looking for members of the congregation to serve on the search team. If you are interested please submit a completed application to by October 11th.

The timeline for the search is as follows:
October 11th — deadline for search team member applications
Week of October 18th — first search team meeting
Week of October 25th — second search team meeting
November 1st — job advertisement posted
November 29th — interviews begin for Music Director position
January 1st — new Music Director starts

Music is an essential part of worship life. It is important to have congregational involvement in the hiring process. So, please consider applying to be on the search team. You don’t need a musical background to be on the team.

Look for further information on the search process once the team as been constituted. Until then, I look forward to seeing you soon (either online or in-person)!


The Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen, PhD
Senior Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston


What is Unitarian Universalism?
The next session of Dr. Bossen’s book discussion group will meet online on October 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central. This year we’re reading texts connected to the research for his forthcoming book “Unitarian Universalist Theologies.” Join us in October for Mary Shelley’s “Frankstein.” We’ll be reading letters 1-4 and chapters 1-12 of the 1818 version.