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President's Column for


Peggy Webbe

I was drawn to Unitarian Universalism because it values freedom of thought, an attribute sadly missing from my childhood religion. I started attending UUSE in 1999, have served on several committees, and am now president of the Policy Board. My early career was as a clinical social worker, later as corporate lawyer. Now in retirement I volunteer as a lawyer at CT Legal Services assisting low-income elders. As an avid musician, I play flute and cello in several community groups. I am married to David Webbe. We have three children, and a dog and a cat.

Happy Holidays Members and Friends,

I hope you enjoy and find meaningful my holiday gift to you, which are some of my favorite quotes (I believe by authors you will recognize). Peggy Webb


Music expresses that which cannot be put into words, and that which cannot remain silent. Victor Hugo

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

The free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this, I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. John Steinbeck (East of Eden)

I do not pay attention to the world ending. The world has ended for me many times, and began again in the morning. Nayyirah Waheed

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being. Hafiz

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. Theodore Parker – Transcendentalist, Unitarian minister and reformer and abolitionist. (Also resides on Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial),

You’ll never find a rainbow if you are looking down. Charlie Chaplin

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. Nelson Mandela

Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast. William Shakespeare

Once you have met it and lived through it, you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. Eleanor Roosevelt

I am an atheist (or at best a Unitarian who winds up at church quite a lot). Kurt Vonnegut

The takeover of Harvard in 1805 by the Unitarians is probably the most important intellectual event in American history—at least from the standpoint of education. Samuel Blumenfeld

Peggy Webbe, President

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