Minister’s Corner

Embodiment

If only we could embody the principles that we covenant to affirm and promote! Sigh. The recent resignation of UUA President Peter Morales, along with other members of the national staff, is a glaring reminder that the principles we hold so dear are aspirational, not descriptive. As a person who has resigned from the U.S. … Continued

Transformation

 Do we need a major change in our appearance, in our form, in our essence? This sounds suspiciously like a call to be “born again.” Something in me resists the theme for this month. We have all experienced making New Year’s resolutions or something of the sort. We resolve to change this or that about … Continued

Targets and Shields

In March we explore the theme of risk, a timely matter given recent discussions about targets and shields. Let me explain. On the fifth Sunday in January a group gathered in the sanctuary for a special forum. Our purpose was to consider the relationship that ought to exist between the UUCRT and emerging movements for … Continued

Who Are We?

Last month I was invited to speak at a congregation in Florida and discovered a core group of members who, together with their minister, had resolved to register as Muslims if President Trump authorizes a registry of U.S. citizens who are Muslim. Following their example, I have resolved to do the same. Will you join … Continued

Pluralism

After my Christmas Eve sermon,  I was approached by a white U.S. citizen who was quite “disturbed” both by my message (about sanctuary for refugees and immigrants) and by the collection we took (to assist refugees resettling in the area). The conversation went something like this: Citizen: I’m afraid of these people. Minister: What is … Continued

Annoying Presence

Your presence is annoying!” With that declaration to his sister, my teenage son ended all negotiations about who among his four younger siblings would sit where during our family’s annual five hour drive to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.   The “annoying presence” argument was new, and difficult to refute. It was no longer particular … Continued

Mid- Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance

The story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp has touched and inspired many of us in recent months. The Ken Burns production of Defying the Nazis: The Sharps War which PBS broadcast nationwide in September brought the story into our homes and hearts. The story reached a national audience and beyond. PBS has reported 1.5 billion … Continued

Healing

This month we explore the theme of healing. Most people carry wounds of some sort and many continue to suffer from experiences that were traumatic. In our exploration we will consider resources from religion and science that can facilitate healing.   The notion that wounds can be birth pains to human wholeness has grounding in … Continued

Minister’s Message for September 2016

  In the life of our congregation September is a time to reconnect after a period of reflection, recreation, rejuvenation and renewal. I hope you found all those gifts and more during the summer months. This congregational year holds great promise as well as challenge. We will be asked to live into our commitment to … Continued