The View From Here – August 2017

Some of you know that on a Sunday this past July, I answered questions that members of the congregation wrote down on index cards. Time didn’t allow me to answer all of the questions so I will address a few of the questions in my monthly columns. For August, we have this question: When does a ritual … Continued

The View From Here – July 2017

On June 26th, the New York Times reported that “the Supreme Court… agreed to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage who had lost a discrimination case for refusing to create a cake to celebrate such a union. The case will be a major test of a clash between … Continued

The View From Here – June 2017

I have seen some of you when I have snuck into the back pews after worship has formally begun, but I wanted to officially say HELLO! And THANK YOU! My sabbatical was amazing! I was with cherished friends and family, I was in the midst of so much beauty, I started to write a sermon … Continued

The View From Here – March 2017

For those of you who were in the sanctuary this past Sunday, you know that I have been reading Becoming Wise, by Krista Tippett. The subtitle is An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, and includes wonderful conversations with a variety of interesting people, including the writer Pico Iyer. He has spent most … Continued

The View From Here – February 2017

Someone close to my heart is having a hard time. His family is fine, his health is excellent, he has a great job. But his busyness isn’t satisfying and he feels a need for something he can’t name. Is it therapy? A religious community?  A consistent spiritual practice? I know he will figure it out, perhaps with … Continued

The View From Here – January 2017

One of my favorite Christmas presents this year is The Little Book Of Saints, complete with beautiful plates of the saints and their symbols.  Having been raised a Unitarian Universalist, I knew about three saints before starting this book, but I am now a font of useful information.  Do you know that there is one … Continued

The View From Here – December 2016

My UU ministerial Colleague, Rev Kathleen McTigue (currently the Director of the Unitarian Universalist College for Social Justice) served in parish ministry for over 25 years. This is from her Meditation manual, Shine and Shadow: On the Cusp of Winter “We’ve come to the season of waiting. The colors of autumn are gone, leaves faded and … Continued

The View From Here – November 2016

In case you have been in outer space for the past year or so, I wanted to let you know that the Presidential election is on Tuesday, Nov 8.  Please vote! Voting is one of the many privileges of being a citizen of the USA, and it’s easy to take this for granted. In fact, … Continued

The View From Here – October 2016

As many of you know, the month of October is the beginning of our Annual Canvass, or Pledge Drive. We will begin with a worship service tomorrow and delicious lunch, where our Treasurer will discuss some of the financial realities of our congregation and the building we use. Some of my colleagues dread the annual “Sermon … Continued

The View From Here – September 2016

Dear Friends, This month I am writing to you about a practice used among UU ministers to deepen spiritual practice and scholarship, to rest and recharge. This practice is the sabbatical. For a minister this is a period of paid leave dedicated to study and retreat, usually occurring once every five to seven years. 2017 … Continued