Lay Minister’s Corner

Embodiment

I find myself in this moment, at the end of a long seminary semester heavy with words and ideas, staring at this month’s theme:  Embodiment. Piles of books and scattered papers lie around me, and I am moved by the longing to return to physical life, to a space of the senses.  As we approach … Continued

Transformation

We are a community of transformation. This month’s theme is a statement of faith that challenges us to move through the mud and the muck of personal despair and suffering, and turn it into something new. It challenges us to imagine possibility, even as life seems to be falling apart. This is not an easy … Continued

What does it mean to be a community at risk?

Risk: Last month the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park was established in Auburn, New York, becoming the 51st national site to achieve this distinction. The park commemorates the later years of Tubman’s life and honors her legacy as a bold, brave freedom fighter who, over the course of ten years, helped over 300 slaves escape … Continued

Discover and Remember Who We Truly Are

This past week I took my two daughters to see the movie Moana. Moana is a beautiful and moving story about a Polynesian teenage girl who sails out on a daring adventure to save her people. It is also a movie about the search for identity, as she discovers herself and reveals the inherent worth … Continued

A Community of Prophecy

Each new year I begin by making a Vision Collage. This is a mosaic of cut-out images from old magazines that when pasted together somehow convey new meaning. This process has become a ritual, a way of looking ahead and engaging the poetic imagination in the possibilities of what may be. This month I ponder … Continued

With Quiet Contemplation

On the day after Thanksgiving, I walked through cemeteries. For many years, this has been my Black Friday tradition, as I like to begin the holiday season with quiet contemplation. This year, my walk took me to the gravesites of spiritual ancestors in my hometown of Rochester, NY. As I stood before the graves of … Continued

A Community of Story

What does it mean to be a community of story? November’s theme connects us. Each of us carries our own individual and family stories; and we are invited to unite in religious community to tell a new story together– a story that empowers us to reach out in love to the world. I believe that … Continued

Community of Healing

Today the air is cooler at last, and the leaves on the trees are beginning to change color and fall.  Late summer’s heat is settling down, and I feel called to quieter spaces: contemplation and memory, reflection and inquiry, intimacy and soul.   As the world spins with tension and fury, October in the northeast offers … Continued

Message from the Lay Commissioned Minister – September 2016

Dear Friends, I look forward to gathering with you in community at our Annual Ingathering/ Water Communion service on September 11th.  The Water Communion is one of my favorite Unitarian Universalist traditions, as we join our separate waters together as one, as a symbol of our covenant, or bond, to one another and shared principles. … Continued

Summer Message from the Lay Commissioned Minister

I have recently returned from the UU General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, where I attended two days, along with my daughter, Camille.  Also present were Rev. Chris and his sons, and our two dedicated delegates, Mike Landrum and Linda Mangelsdorf. Linda, Camille, and I carried the UUCRT banner in the opening ceremony parade, which included … Continued