Minister’s Corner

Responding to Coronavirus

Dear Members and Friends of the UUCRT: In these unsettling times, I hope you can find some comfort in the knowledge that your UUCRT leadership is closely monitoring the situation and considering how to respond appropriately in order to protect the most vulnerable among us and provide continuity of spiritual care to our congregation. As … Continued

What Happened?

   In December 2016, I responded to an invitation from Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, to travel to Oceti Sakowin Camp of the Standing Rock Reservation, on the banks of the Missouri river in North Dakota. The invitation, … Continued

A Place to Call Home

Rev. Chris Antal  “Corey Michael Hadley died of wounds inflicted during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. His wounds were slow acting and invisible but nonetheless crippling and fatal. He fought the creeping, poisonous advance of these emotional and mental wounds for years, and his battle ended on Wednesday, January 2, 2020.” The obituary opened with … Continued

Slowing Down

Each winter I am amazed by the fish in my pond. Once the temperature drops below 40 degrees, they stop eating, slow down to nothing more than an occasional wiggle, and remain still like that for as much as three months. When I put my hand in that ice water, I find the cold unbearable … Continued

What does it look like to belong to our community?

How have you experienced belonging in our community? What have others done that fostered your own experience of belonging? What have you done to help others feel like they belong in our community? Who belongs in our community but is not represented here? How might we better foster belonging among those people? These were the … Continued

The Power of We

Gus Speth, former Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale, once said: “I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change, but I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy.” Speth went on to say that “to deal with those … Continued

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

After five months away for sabbatical and vacation, I am glad to be back with the congregation. I am also glad to say I felt a warm welcome upon my return to the pulpit on August 11 (a minister never knows what might transpire in one’s absence!). Sabbatical is not vacation, as in a time … Continued

Care Team Ministry

I am pleased to announce the UUCRT has established a Care Team Ministry. Barbara Hultgren and Jan Kinney are the Co-Leaders of the Care Team Ministry. Donna Deming is a member of the Care Team Ministry. Starting in March, until I return from my sabbatical in August, the Care Team Ministry will work under the … Continued

Spiritual Practices

Showing up at the UUCRT for Sunday Service, where we partake in the disciples of guidance, confession, worship, and celebration, is spiritual practice. Serving the UUCRT community, by making coffee, watering the plants, moving chairs, or playing the piano, is spiritual practice. Voting at a congregational meeting, and submitting to the will of the majority … Continued