Minister’s Corner

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

Resist and Rejoice

This month Terri and I will join the Ban the Bomb march in New York City on June 17, in support of the historic treaty to ban nuclear weapons that most member states of the UN have already endorsed and will pass at the end of the meeting that convenes this month. We will march … Continued


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


 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