• 19 May Minister Moment - Tibetan monks spent a week creating a sand mandala on the carpet of the sanctuary at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond. Then, last Saturday, they destroyed it. At this week’s Ministers and Directors of Religious Education meeting, First UU’s staff shared stories of monks creating the circular artwork one grain of colorful sand at … Continued
  • 12 May Minister Moment - This month’s theme is “Trust”… and we begin with “Trust Your Mother” this Sunday… a service which may be emotional for some of us. Bring a handkerchief and also be ready to smile. Relationships between mothers, stepmothers, foster mothers and mothers-of-choice and their children can be very tough. Remembering very good times, living with separation, … Continued
  • 5 May Minister Moment - I used a story by Jane Rzepka in our flower communion service which mentioned depression era stewardship pledge levels– 25, 50 or 100 cents per week. Imagine running a church today if each family gave $13 per year?  Times sure have changed.  Thank you to all who attended the Community Conversations, who shared stories and … Continued
  • 28 April Minister Moment - This will be an energetic weekend. Good thing the storm came through earlier this week; I hope you had no damage and stayed dry. I heard that at least one UCN meeting was canceled. We carry on. This weekend we have our annual Auction on Saturday night, with preparations in the afternoon. I hope you … Continued
  • 21 April Minister Moment - News comes from the Czech Republic — this year is the 95th anniversary of the Unitarian ritual called the Flower Communion. Back in 1922, when the country of Czechoslovakia was still newly independent, the Unitarian Church in Prague was led by Norbert Capek, who had found Unitarianism while living in New Jersey, and also married … Continued
  • 14 April Minister Moment - Today is Good Friday: the day Jesus was executed by the Roman occupiers of Judea. In the two thousand years since then, governments have developed even more cruel ways of ending lives. In recent years we have a concept of humane execution. Just this week the debate raged over proper chemicals to execute eight prisoners … Continued
  • 7 April Minister’s Moment - Our church has been transformed!! Come tomorrow at 8 AM it will be full of folks buying up treasures, but tonight, the clothing, the glassware, the chairs sit quietly waiting. Set your alarm: it’s good stuff! If you have been following our sorters on Facebook, you have seen some of the finds that will be for … Continued
  • 24 March Minister’s Moment - Snowdrops. Snowdrops, also called Galanthus, are tiny flowers…  white and green, they look like a sort of drop of water-snow that has broken open. Really, compared with Azaleas, they are completely insignificant. Compared with Crepe Myrtles the blooms don’t last at all, and being only about one inch above the snow, they are hard to … Continued
  • 17 March Minister’s Moment - Minister moment – March 17, 2017 Friends, I need your advice. I’m working on the Easter Sunday service (April 16), which will be about the Gospel of Thomas, the Fifth Gospel. The service will explore our links to the founder of Christianity, Jesus of Nazareth. So here’s where I need some advice. Consider this statement: Being an inclusive … Continued
  • 10 March Minister’s Moment - Spring Forward! The times, they are a-changin’. This is the Second Sunday in March, which means we will be collecting money for charitable work– this month it is for sandwich maker supplies. And also, we will meet closer to sunrise… the clocks “spring forward” at 2 AM. Of course, nature is also planning to dump … Continued