• 16 June Minister Moment - Come Sunday — it’s Father’s Day. Come hear the voices of fathers, the voices of children and the voices of community. We will have our first Baby Blessing of the year. We will give our UCN Banner its last send off to General Assembly. The Choir will sing about Lovingkindness and Love and we might even … Continued
  • 9 June Minister Moment - Summer is coming! Is that a joyful statement or a scary one? I hope it is joyful. This Sunday the Worship Services Committee will be asking your help in selecting Theme Words for next fall. Come Sunday and participate in the “dot voting”. They are also finalizing the Summer Services brochure, with much help from … Continued
  • 2 June Minister Moment - “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there….” The Sufi poet Jalal al-Din Rumi lived in the 13th century of the Common Era. He wrote many Persian poems, often with Islamic imagery. An American scholar, Coleman Barks, edited the imagery to use things familiar to mainstream English-speaking culture, … Continued
  • 26 May Minister Moment - Some weeks I get to devote this column to one thing, perhaps theology or a long range idea. Not this week. There are lots of things going on, and everyone is planning for June! Perhaps your life is full of school assemblies, summer planning, etc. Our numbers on Sunday will be lower due to the … Continued
  • 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