Minister’s Corner


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


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

My Meeting with White House Staff about U.S. Drone Killing

The delegation of religious leaders I joined on Thursday, July 14, in Washington. The photo was taken in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where we met with eight members of the White House staff. Pictured, left to right, are: Jay Wittmeyer, Executive Director, Global Mission and Service, Church of the Brethren; Yasmine Taeb, Legislative Representative … Continued

Final Fellowship for Rev. Chris Antal

  At the Service of the Living Tradition, in Columbus Ohio, where Rev. Antal received Final Fellowship from the UUA. Celebrating with him were his sons, Justin and Eliot, Mike Landrum, and Camille and Terri Pahucki.

Minister’s Message for July and August

I’m honored to serve my first full congregational year with you as your called and settled minister. We have many achievements to celebrate, including the commissioning Terri Pahucki as a Lay Commissioned Minister, recognition of the UUCRT as a Peace Advocate Congregation, the distinction of UUCRT being a Black Level Sponsor of Knights Out, and … Continued

Proposed Action of Immediate Witness for 2016 General Assembly

Proposed 2016 AIW Halt Drone Warfare Equal Justice Under Law   The UUCRT Board has elected Mike Landrum to serve as delegate to the 2016 General Assembly in Columbus Ohio, June 22-26, and Mike has graciously accepted to represent the congregation. Terri Pahucki will also attend, and carry together with her daughter the UUCRT banner … Continued