Minister’s Message

Lessons Learned

By my rough estimate, this is the 85th time I’ve written a Minister’s Message for our church newsletter. That adds up to a lot of words. I hope that some of them, at least, have been helpful in providing our church members and friends with some hints and guideposts for your spiritual journey through this … Continued

On Membership

As I’ve been preparing for our upcoming Heritage Sunday (April 9, 2017), I’ve also been thinking about what it means to be a member of something, whether that is an organization, a club, a family or a church community. Most of us can say that we are now or at least have been a member … Continued

A Voice for Fairness and Justice

There are religious traditions that encourage passivity. A common teaching is that there is a God who controls everything and that it is the role of human beings to believe that everything that occurs is an aspect of God’s will, and that it is our duty to submit to that will, trusting that in doing … Continued

Moral Mondays

The leader spoke these words: “We have heard the prophet’s call to repair the breach, and we know our Constitution’s goal of a more perfect union.” We replied in unison: “We reach back to our sacred texts that affirm life, love, and justice. This is what the Lord says: ‘Do what is just and right. … Continued

Growing Spiritually

The word “growth” connotes various things to various people. For most of us, the first thoughts that come to mind are positive. We all want to grow, don’t we, in wisdom, in strength, in proficiency, in maturity? But, growth also means encountering obstacles and overcoming them. For some of us, there is excitement in that. … Continued

Heaven in a Wildflower

To see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour. –William Blake Mr. William Blake, English poet of the 18th and 19th centuries, was a mystic, no doubt. He was one of those who could look into the … Continued

On Joys and Concerns

Our mission is to be a caring community that encourages spiritual growth and actively works to improve our society and the environment. One of the ways that we try to be a caring community is by offering our members and friends and even visitors an opportunity to share the important events in their lives at … Continued

A Busy Church

Ours is a busy church, very busy for a church of our size. In various ways, we continue to serve out our mission to care for one another, to encourage spiritual growth, and to actively work to improve our society and the environment. Here is an update on some of the ways we remain active … Continued

Faith, Peace, and Love

On the last Sunday of the year, after those who celebrate Christmas attended their Christmas Eve service, exchanged their gifts and enjoyed their Christmas dinner and before the New Year’s revelries began for those still young enough to enjoy those celebrations, our church hosted a service devoted to exploring Islam and Muslims. An unusual choice, … Continued