Minister’s Corner

Wimps Welcome

We sing about being a people so bold, but let’s face it, sometimes we just wimp out. To wimp out is to be weak and cowardly or unadventurous. We all do it. If it becomes habit, then the behavior shapes our identity. Over time, if the behavior continues, we risk becoming wimps. Who wants to … Continued

Examining Faith

Search google for “Unitarian Universalist faith” and you’ll find our principles and purposes at the top of the list. We like to say we have no creed, no dogma, yet we say we believe in seven principles. Is this our faith? Faith is what gives us the hope that when we covenant to affirm and … Continued

Wandering Pilgrims

We find the Holy in so much. We Unitarian Universalists are wandering pilgrims. There is no Mecca for us to face during prayer. There is no one single shrine that we approach with our bodies bent in prayer. There is no spit of land that is sacred above all others. There is no holiest of … Continued

Love as Charity and Love as Patriotism

This month we explore the theme, love, and I will be preaching on love as charity and love as patriotism. Congregational life provides an abundance of opportunities to think about, practice, and embody love. I have committed my life to growing my capacity to love. This capacity includes giving and receiving love. This commitment imbues … Continued

Religious Freedom

While I was in my twenties, I was active in a church that had been shunned by many mainline churches as heretical. Because of my religious affiliation, I experienced, for the first time in my life, a degree of religious intolerance and persecution that caused real harm to me and my young family. As a … Continued

From Your Minister

The choice to belong to the UU faith tradition is a choice to embrace a call to the disciplined embodiment of our values and commitments. Our values include fairness, compassion, respect, responsibility, and honesty. Our fundamental commitment is to live a life in service to these values and to live that life in covenantal community … Continued

Critical Moment of Conscientious Discernment

On Oct. 1, I discovered the vandalism of the road sign and theft of the Black Lives Matter flag, contacted the Times Herald Record and wrote a statement and posted it on That afternoon a story was online and the next day it was in print. John Kinney wrote a press release and several … Continued

Death and Dying

This month’s theme “Death” is meant to facilitate a process of personal reflection, learning, and spiritual growth focused on the topic of death and dying. It brings death, dying, and grief into the light of our daily lives and out of the dark, macabre recesses to which we often relegate it. Unitarian Universalist views about … Continued

On Forgiveness

On a recent visit to Japan I met Mr. Hirotami Yamada, who was 14 and in Nagasaki in 1945 when the US dropped the atomic bomb. He told me that action was “unforgivable.” In the presence of Mr. Yamada, I felt an uncomfortable mix of sadness, regret and what I can only describe as guilt. … Continued

Path to Distinction

Peace Advocate Congregation. UU United Nations Office Blue Ribbon Congregation. Welcoming Congregation. Annual Program Fund Honor Congregation. These were a few of the ribbons I received and wore with pride as your delegate to the annual General Assembly in New Orleans this June. I hope you will share that pride. Your generous giving of time, … Continued