Ministry & Numbers Over the last several months, I’ve been in conversations with our congregational leaders and staff about numbers. Numbers of members, of visitors, of attendance in worship, of volunteers, of faith formation programs, of pledges, of staff hours, of meetings, and of course, budget numbers. Gathering and analyzing the numbers, which contribute to…

Why do you come to church? Is it an expectation from birth? From marriage? What expectations do you carry through the front door about this religious community? On November 13th many gathered in houses of worship seeking sanctuary, hope, a bright light in the midst of the post-election fog. The following is taken from that…

Come gather around people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone And if your breath to you is worth saving Then you better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changing They certainly…

In this season of letting go, of turning from green to golden, of letting go of sunlight for moonlight, I am taking time to let go of expectations to make space for transformation. Specifically, I am inviting you to enter into this season of letting go, or returning to the home of your soul, and…

“Welcome back!” “It’s good to see you.” “How was your summer?” Upon my return from my July vacation, I was welcomed by these sentiments. It is my hope that those of you returning to begin our new season of church in this month of September will be welcomed by the warmth of our spiritual community….

When I prepare for study leave and vacation, I take time to review the pile of books in my church office and at home, the list I’ve created in my ACPL app, along with the batch purchased at General Assembly. While reviewing the books, I also carry the worksheet of the draft 2016-2017 worship calendar…

This offering is taken from Rev. Shelly’s sermon Love Letters given on Sunday, June 12. This spring, Jenna and I took some vacation time together to work on some house projects. One project took us through boxes of memories: photographs, movie & concert ticket stubs, and love letters. For six months, early in our relationship,…

Six months ago I began sharing my excitement about General Assembly, the annual meeting and gathering of our Unitarian Universalist Association, happening in Columbus, OH, June 22–June 26. I shared this excitement in Staff meetings, Board meetings, Committee meetings, from the pulpit, in social media, and through this, our monthly newsletter. June is arriving and…

“We have all known the long loneliness, and we have learned that the only solution is love, and that love comes with community.” ~Dorothy Day “The essential challenge is to transform the isolation and self-interest within our communities into connectedness and caring for the whole.” ―Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging Recently I was reminded of…

Wonder caused me to wander into the local UU church. It fuels my personal search for truth and meaning. Wonder is that inquisitiveness we discover as children paired with imagination. Our congregation encourages and teaches wonder to our children through the use of the Wonder box and story in worship and the Spirit Play classrooms. As I practice my faith,…

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