Minister’s Blog

Honorable Intentions

Intention is what you plan and want to do. But you know about best laid plans… As for what we want, you can’t always get what you want. So often our intentions are not a strong enough commitment to reach the desired goal. This is why the road to Hell is paved with good intentions … Continued

And I’ll Bring You Hope, When Hope Is Hard to Find

  This line from the hymn “Come, Sing a Song with Me” is a promise that we enjoy singing together. Recently I was thinking about how the song always feels different to me based on what has been happening in the week leading up to the service. It is no surprise, then, to find that … Continued

Courage Friends

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” US President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, spoke these words and they speak to me of prioritizing. Yes, there may be fear about an action, or new idea, or some conflict, but there are priorities present for working … Continued

“Welcome” is the Theme for September

“Enter” is a command, while “Welcome” is an invitation. In our beloved hymn, we command people to Enter! Rejoice! Come in! I love that hymn, and yet I wonder about what comes next. I asked somebody close to me what they thought of what it meant to be really welcomed somewhere. They said, invited in … Continued

In What Do You Delight?

With long sunny days and green fields everywhere, August’s theme of DELIGHT is easily imagined. Delight is more than enjoyment—it’s an invitation to a multi-sensory experience. Imagine the delight of standing on the ocean shore and listen-ing to the waves, smelling the salt air, and feeling the ocean breeze. Where do you find delight? Worship … Continued

Growing pains

  For some reason, New Orleans had never been on my radar as somewhere to visit. When the Unitarian Universalist Association announced that our General Assembly would be in hot, sweaty, humid New Orleans in June, it was definitely not on my radar to go. But then I got asked to serve on the national … Continued

Embrace that zest for life in June

  June’s post in the From the Minister blog is a guest column by member Katrina Wilson: The ministry theme for June is “Zest.” zest: great enthusiasm and energy. a quality of excitement and piquancy. the outer colored part of the peel of citrus fruit, used as flavoring. And because I had to look it … Continued

Why we should heed prophecies

January’s theme is “Prophecy.” In ministry we talk about this and work with the concept often. In ancient times prophets were people who had special insights, sent to tell whole nations of the peril they faced if they did not obey God. Prophecies were not for singular persons — it was always the whole nation … Continued

Reflecting on 10 years in ministry

On Oct. 8, 2006, I was ordained to the UU ministry. My ordaining congregation was the UU Church of Loudoun (Leesburg, Va.) and the service was held at UU Congregation of Fairfax (Oakton, Va). The night before, at the physical location of the Loudoun church, we had a wonderful variety show/open mic night with delicious … Continued

I Applaud Goshen Church of the Brethren

Referring to the article, “Goshen Church of the Brethren votes to recognize, perform gay marriages,” dated May 23 on, I had some thoughts to express. First, I applaud the decision by this congregation to pull together in taking a strong stand for equal marriage. As a pastor who went through a long, similar process … Continued