From Ministers

Give Away the Basket: Seeking Nominations!

We give away our Sunday offering twice a month to agencies in the community who are working for the greater good. We select four recipient organizations who receive roughly six offerings each.  All members and friends are invited to nominate potential recipient organizations. At the annual meeting in May, all members vote to select the recipients … Continued

In April, Emergence: A reflection from Rev. Teri

Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that. –Richard Rohr Every winter, I buy an Amaryllis bulb. I like to watch it grow over the long, dark, and cold days of January and February. With each bit it grows, I know that I’m that much closer … Continued

Welcome Myles Brady Davis!

We are delighted to introduce our new membership coordinator, Myles Brady Davis – Please give him a warm welcome! The first two months of Myles’s time with us will be focused on making connections: meeting with members currently involved in welcoming, past participants in the membership committee, and UU membership professionals at other area churches. He’ll also … Continued

March: Balance

Our March worship will explore the theme of balance. We’ll wonder together, “What does it mean to be a people of balance?” Our lives are often busy and demanding; we may first think of balance as a state of calm and rest. Yet, moving to a balance of justice requires upsetting the status quo, and … Continued

Thoughts on hope and intention from our intern, Thom Thomas

I have just been working on my sermon for January 7, after spending some time working on the Soul Matters packet for the Soul Matters discussion group that just started. I notice that the theme for December is Hope, and for January it is Intention. I realize that intersection is a pretty good description of … Continued

Thoughts on stress and strength from our intern, Thom Thomas

Thom Thomas I have been thinking a lot this week about family. Specifically, I have been thinking about how families deal with stress. A church I know (not this one) has recently suffered from an email storm. You know what I mean. Someone forgot the first commandment of email—“Thou shalt not hit send when you … Continued

November: Abundance

November is often a time of abundance. The final harvests come in; even in the city we can see the bounty in the grocery store and farmers’ markets. While the natural world starts to fade away to prepare for the coming winter, holiday festivities begin. We are surrounded by abundance, yet we know that it’s … Continued

Stronger in the Broken Places

This essay by Rev. Teri originally appeared on the Quest for Meaning website—along with a podcast. A famous rabbi once said the truth will set you free. Trouble is, the truth is truth, whether we like it or not. The truth is that we will all break in this life. That’s how we learn to … Continued

Called to Prophetic Voice

Rev. Teri writes: A prophet isn’t so much about someone who can fore-tell, but someone who can truth-tell. A prophet is someone who connects the dots between what is and what can be. You can do that. I can do that. We can do that together. It is tempting to want to wait for a … Continued

Realism, Grief, and Hope

Rev. Teri writes: Walter Brueggemann, esteemed scholar of the Hebrew prophets, says a congregation is called to practice three things: 1) Realism in the face of ideology.… 2) Grief while the world is in denial. 3) Hope when the world is in despair. As someone who lives with chronic pain, I have to practice when … Continued