You’re Not Alone

This week I offered the message at Easton High School’s Baccalaureate Service. The class had selected ‘Persistence’ as the theme for the service.

I talked about inner determination – the “I can do this” focus of energy. I also wanted the students to hear that persistence … read more.

The Seesaws of Life

Recently I found this poem by Sarah Kays – The Paradox:

When I am inside writing,
all I can think about is how I should be outside living.
When I am outside living,
all I can do is notice all there is to write about.
When … read more.

Hatch and Hatch Again

Do you ever think, “If I could just get things in my life in order, then I’d be ready to do all those things I want to do?” If only.

One of the greatest paradoxes in life is our striving for order. We want to get … read more.

Feeling Squirmy?

This is stewardship month at UUFE. It’s the month when we talk about money. No way to sugarcoat it. And for some folks just talking about sharing money gets them squirmy. Not a spiritual topic, some say.

Yet generosity and sharing are at the heart of … read more.

Beneath All of My Doing, Who Am I Being?

This past Sunday the sanctuary felt full. In part, it was that many were there, many wearing red in the spirit of the season. It felt full as Eamon Peach (6th grader!) accompanied Spirit of Life, and the choir sang. It felt full when Leigh … read more.

Wearing a Safety Pin

Recently you may have noticed I’m wearing a safety pin on my coat. It’s pinned below my gold ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ button. This safety pin is a visible sign to those who are the most vulnerable in our society that I am … read more.

The Gift of Invitation

Recently I watched the documentary “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.” It’s the story of Unitarian minister Rev. Waitstill Sharp and his wife, Martha Sharp, who travel to Czechoslovakia in 1938 to help Jewish refugees, including children, and political dissidents escape from Nazi Germany. To … read more.

Toward Wholeness

This month our Soul Matters theme is “Healing” which Rev. Fred Recklau, in Partners In Care: Medicine and Ministry Together, distinguishes from a cure this way:

Cure vs. Healing

Cure may occur without healing; healing may occur without cure.
Cure alters what is; healing offers what might … read more.

The Web of Life

“It’s like a spider web!” They announced with pride. And they were right. The overlapping, zig-zag pattern of cris-crossing yarn threads we had created on the table we sat around looked just like a spider web. (Minus one of those fear-inducing arachnids.)

This was a typical … read more.