Lay Minister’s Corner

Grace

Grace is a Christian theological concept, of which there are many interpretations.  All of these center on an understanding of grace as “a free and unmerited gift of God in the world.” Grace is something we receive but do not earn; and it is something that changes us. My personal theological views see grace a … Continued

A Quiet Place on Earth

This semester my “Religion and Ecology” professor gave us an assignment to visit a quiet place in nature twice a week. I usually walk at Dennings Point in Beacon with my dog, who takes her slow sweet time smelling every smell along the way, before arriving at our destination. As I walk into the clearing … Continued

Being Thankful

November is a month to remember all we are thankful for.  Veterans Day reminds us to remember our veterans who have sacrificed, and Thanksgiving Day reminds us to offer gratitude for the many gifts in our lives. Election Day on Tuesday, November 6th is also an important time to lift our voices in expressing gratitude … Continued

Diversity — United by Shared Core Values, Expressed in Many Ways

My family and I recently moved to a new neighborhood. The past few weeks I have gotten to know this place on walks with my dog by taking particular notice of the trees: the tall tulip tree towering over my back porch; the oaks that feed squirrels with acorns beneath; the sugar maple leaves just … Continued

Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning

September is a month of new beginnings for Unitarian Universalist congregations, as we kick off another year of religious exploration and discovery in community. Learning and growing together across generations- no matter how young or old we may be- is the lifeblood of our liberal faith, as we covenant and affirm to promote the principle … Continued

To Save or Savor

The writer E.B. White once wrote, “I arise in the morning torn between the desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”  To save or to savor, to give or to take? I feel the pull in both directions particularly strong these past … Continued

The Poor People’s Campaign

For the past two weeks I have spent my Mondays in Albany with the New York State Poor People’s Campaign.  The national campaign is led by the Rev. William Barber and composed of hundreds of activist organizations and faith leaders. It is a call for moral revival uniting tens of thousands of people across the … Continued

To Stand for Truth

This month we explore the theme of Truth.  In today’s society, to stand for truth can be somewhat counter cultural, but, I believe, also patriotic. This year’s UUA Common Read, Daring Democracy by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen, includes “fake news” as one of the factors that has had a detrimental impact on our … Continued

What Do You Believe?

What do you believe? Each one of us might answer this question differently.  The answers I gave ten years ago are not the same answers I give today. Faith for Unitarian Universalists is a continual evolving process, not a solid unchanging creed. As a process, we are called to live faithfully. My personal definition of … Continued

The Desert Spaces of Our Lives

This semester I am taking classes on Judaism and Islamic history.  I am thinking about the way the desert features in each of these faiths. From Israelites who wandered the desert after fleeing Egypt for 40 years… to Mecca’s spring that rose in an arid land, bringing pilgrims to worship at the Ka’bah (sacred shrine). … Continued