Minister’s Blog

Love Will Guide Us

This Sunday, I seek to answer the question, What are the urgent tasks of liberal religion today?  It’s a question I suspect is on some of our minds.  We certainly have a role to play in safe-guarding our most treasured liberal values in every area of life, and our guiding force is love.  The title, “Love … Continued

Mothers’ Day

Long before Mothers’ Day became a cultural hallmark, it was actually the invention of an extremely interesting Unitarian woman named Julia Ward Howe. A biography was published about her recently, called “The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe,” named for the intense domestic disputes between she and her husband, who did not approve of her … Continued

Celebration Sunday!

Come hungry for this Sunday’s delicious Celebration Sunday brunch!  We will hear our last testimonial about why it’s critical to give not only of our time, but also our money to our beloved congregation where we love and are loved, and are inspired each Sunday to reflect on the deeper meanings of our lives. So … Continued

Remembering Gwen and Prince

Gwen who? You may be wondering.  The timing for honoring Black History Month with a sermon did not work out in February.  I’ve decided, though, that we should celebrate Black History any ol’ time we want to! So I’m lifting up the spirit of two African Americans I was very sorry to see leave this … Continued

Extreme Church Makeover!

  Yes, a risky theme for our 2017 Annual Pledge Drive, but I got it covered:  our worship theme of the month is risk.  Convenient, eh? Have you ever thought of risk in a spiritual context?  Often we don’t gain spiritual or emotional knowledge and wisdom without taking a risk.  What risks have you taken … Continued

One is Silver and the Other’s Gold

Our worship theme in February is Identity, which is such a rich topic it could be addressed every month of the year, not just around, say, African Americans during Black History Month.  But since it is Black History Month and we have yet to see our children’s education transmit the true impact of African slavery … Continued

Native American Thought-Ways that Have Moved Me

I am looking forward to working with church member Dr. Alanna K. Brown this Sunday when we will highlight some key insights of Native-American Thought Ways that have moved us to transform how we see and act in the world.  Alanna is an expert in this arena, and I have had an affinity for the … Continued

Newspeak and Truthspeak

Wow, another insane week of headlines and plot-twists of the new administration.  Extremism in Israel, top officials forced to resign, obvious Trump connections to Russia, constant attacks on the courts, science, the intelligence establishment, and  . . . of course . . . the media. Perhaps of all these institutions under attack, the media is … Continued

Native American Thought-Ways that Have Moved Me

I am looking forward to working with church member Dr. Alanna K. Brown this Sunday when we will highlight some key insights of Native-American Thought Ways that have moved us to transform how we see and act in the world.  Alanna is an expert in this arena, and I have had an affinity for the … Continued

The Living Resistance

Our guest speaker this Sunday, whom I will be assisting, UU Community Minister Amanda Weatherspoon, is a young black woman who is deeply committed to inter-sectional justice work, from Black Lives Matter to international human rights work.  She is based in the Bay Area, and attends Starr King School for the Ministry. Her appearance is … Continued