• 02/10 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
  • 25 November Minister’s Moment - I hope your Thanksgiving was warm and filling, and your travel safe.   I will be away this Sunday and Karen Smith will be leading the service.  I hope you enjoy the sense of community singing songs of hope for a better tomorrow!   This will be Paul Gregg’s first Sunday.  He just started as our new … Continued
  • 2016 Thanksgiving Day message -   This past Sunday we shared a few things related to Thanksgiving: A poem by Karen An-hwei Lee called “Edge of Faith”, a reading from Parker Palmer’s book  “A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward and Undivided Life”, a way of turning the Pledge of Allegiance into a prayer: “One nation,  O GOD! Indivisible, With liberty … Continued
  • 14 November Minister’s Moment - To our Veterans, peace on this Veterans Day. To everyone…  Rev David Morris will be exchanging pulpits with me this weekend.  I will be away, and he will be at UCN from the Outer Banks.  See you at the Dance on the 18th or, the family-friendly Cornbread Bake on Saturday Night the 19th.  It is … Continued
  • 20 October Minister’s Moment - This autumn the UCN staff has been working on improving the operation of our church.  Our Religious Education teachers now must watch a video on child safe procedures before teaching classes.  In our staff meetings we speak of safety.   We now have a system for evacuating the building in case of emergency.  “Three toots” on … Continued