Lay Minister’s Corner

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

Love as the Fire that Moves Us

I like to think of love as the fire that moves us, the energy that empowers action. Love invites us to full engagement. Love takes many forms– kindness, patience, generosity, justice, compassion. It is the spiritual force that brings us together and carries us beyond what we ever imagined.  Love is larger and more powerful … Continued

Reflecting on the Past and Renewed for the Future

This New Year brings us an opportunity for reflection. As we consider the theme of resilience, I invite us all to listen deeply to the wisdom and experiences of voices too long marginalized in our Unitarian Universalist communities.  Following a call from our denomination, we have committed to centering the stories of people of color, … Continued

Reflection from the Lay Commissioned Minister

Dear Friends, This time of year in my seminary studies is one of final paper and project writing. I am currently working on a research paper focused on Congregation and Local Community Engagement for a Sociology of Religion class. This paper will include an exploration of how we perceive and embody our role in the … Continued

Nonjudgmental Mindful Awareness

This month we explore the theme of Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a spiritual practice with Buddhist origins; it invites us to focus our attention on the present moment with non-judgmental awareness.  Mindfulness is an important theme to explore in November. Holidays such as Veterans Day and Thanksgiving encourage reflection, a mindfulness of gifts, sacrifice, joy, and … Continued

Many Ways to Handle Grief

I wasn’t prepared when my father died- out of the blue, in the middle of a work day, at the age of 54. I was washing the dishes when my sister called to tell me that he had had a heart attack at work. In the days that followed, I found my grief needed to … Continued

On Forgiveness

September is a time of new beginnings.  Children head back to school; the air gets a little lighter and cooler as we move into Fall. Many Unitarian Universalist congregations hold water communion ceremonies to welcome families back from summer adventures and kick off a new church year.  For people of the Jewish faith, the High … Continued

  I am honored to have served this congregation the past few days as an off-site online delegate to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly.  At this writing, the final songs have been sung, and we have just installed our new UUA President, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, with a laying on of hands. My own … Continued

Joy Is a Gift

   Recently, I arrived home late at night from a trip, weary and exhausted from travel. Opening the door, I was startled by my tail-wagging dog, Honey, who pounced on me with boundless excitement and smothered my face with wet kisses. Her enthusiastic greeting filled me with laughter and delight. I concur with the poet … Continued


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