• 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
  • 03 March Minister’s Moment -   THEME CHANGE — Welcome to March, welcome to Lent, welcome to what seems like springtime. Welcome to LIGHT. Our theme for February was “PLAY” and how did we do? Each Friday night we had a different activity, from a potluck to karaoke, Scrabble™ and a night of African Dance in there too. We chased … Continued
  • 24 February Minister’s Moment -   “I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” (via WikiQuote) These words are from a century ago, by Edward Everett Hale, an innovative observer of … Continued
  • 10 February Minister’s Moment - It has been a very busy week! Plenty of ministry within our Unitarian Church of Norfolk and beyond our walls. I’ve learned some new skills and met new people. Here’s a quick run-down. OUTSIDE: We start with a celebration of a new building. Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists (WUU) celebrated the opening of their new Religious Education … Continued
  • 03 February Minister’s Moment - This week I thought about the Boy Scouts of America, an organization I was once part of. The New York Times headline said “Welcoming Transgender Boy Scouts” and explained “Instead of accepting only boys whose birth certificates list their gender as male, the organization will now welcome boys who identify as such in an application … Continued
  • 27 January Minister’s Moment - Greetings from a Wednesday Night at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk! It is a quiet night. The Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team’s work at UCN is done! Last night was the final night of our NEST week. As I left the Worship Services Committee meeting Tuesday the Dinner Crew was heading out, the Greeter Crew was … Continued
  • 16 December Minister’s Moment - Let’s start with a big thank you for those who went to the “Happy Holidays” celebration at the Islamic Center near ODU on Friday, December 9. We enjoyed tours of their building, bagels, cakes and conversation. I am glad so many of us showed up. I was there mid-afternoon, just before prayers, and we still … Continued
  • 09 December Minister’s Moment - Each week I sit down with a long list of things to talk about in my column.   So much to say… so much to think about. Wednesday I sent out a special message which included an invite for today, Friday, to the Islamic Center on 49th street in Norfolk, for a holiday reception outside … Continued
  • 02 December Minister’s Moment - Liminal Space Seventy-five years ago, American lives changed suddenly and radically. Japan declared war on the United States and attacked bases in the Pacific: Pearl Harbor and Manila. Within the day our country changed from neutral and uninvolved to a nation at war. The date December 7th, 1941 is still remembered for how it shocked … Continued