When feeling uninspired

Well, it’s Tuesday evening as I write this, and Ann Alexander has reminded me that tomorrow is the deadline for a pastoral message from me to be submitted for next week’s e-news. Of course, I would love to write something helpful, something instructive, maybe even...

Creativity, communion, and face masks

During this pandemic, I believe God celebrates our creativity in how we are worshipping, studying, and caring for one another. We continue to move forward as the body of Christ despite the obstacles in front of us. We lean into our faith in Jesus Christ who is our...

Prayers for Parents

Hi Parents! How are you? Well, after a couple months of remote learning, working from home with no child care, a summer in which travel was largely prohibited, and now facing a very uncertain return to school – maybe, maybe not – I think I can probably come up with a...

Thin places from childhood

Most of us have experienced special moments when the beauty of the natural world overwhelms us. We sense and feel not just beauty but the sacred. The Celtic tradition suggests there are thin places on the earth where the presence of God radiates brightly. Places where...

Because we are what we read

Since the beginning of 2020, I’ve read 68 books. According to the website where I log my reading, that’s amounted to 17,343 pages; the shortest was 91 pages and the longest was 529. Of those 68 books, 19 were autobiographical; I clearly love to read memoirs! Twelve...

Personal piety or social justice? 

The debate seems endless, and is resurrected every time Christians struggle with a controversial ethical or social issue having to do with justice. Recent attempts by Christians and congregations to take stands to eradicate racism and promote equity in our nation have...

Sacred, timeless truths about life

Even though this has been and will continue to be a very unusual summer, the warm weather may still bring to us some unexpected rest and reflection. Summer is a good time to remember or discover some sacred, timeless truths about life. Here are three I commend to you....

Keep breathing, keep loving

I am still in disbelief as to how long we have been physically apart. So much has happened in these past four months during our time of separation. I celebrate the ways all of you have leaned into being the body of Christ for one another: … thank you notes...

What we are reading

We are a congregation of readers!  Two book groups will gather this month, and the Currie Library book clubs have announced their selections for 2020-2021. Have a look, pick something to read, and join in!   Women & living out loud On July 10, Rev. Dolly...

In Praise of the Groundhog

I have no quarrel with the groundhog. They used to make large holes in pastures, and cows would step in them and break their legs. Hunters enjoyed lying on ridges and picking them off with rifles and scopes from 200 yards away. Now that the coyotes are plentiful and...