• 21 July Minister Moment - “How’s your mama?” We were told that even folks you don’t know in New Orleans will ask this in the supermarket check-out line. It is part of their culture to be inquisitive, to invite sharing of responses beyong “just fine” with other community members, and certainly in pre-air conditioning New Orleans, everyone would sit on … Continued
  • 14 July Minister Moment - Last Sunday I gave my first of two summer sermons. The summer here at UCN is a time for members and guest speakers to comment on a particular topic – this year the topic is “growth.” And this coming Sunday my friend and colleague, Walter Clark, will be speaking on a “growth event” from 50 … Continued
  • 7 July Minister Moment - Happy July. Happy Lazy, Hazy, and maybe a little Crazy summer. Happy traffic jams at the beach and mosquitoes around the campfire. Happy backyard conversations. Happy visits to a friend in hospital, or reconnecting by phone.  Happy time alone. Happy summer reading. Happy working air conditioning, and happy inviting friends over when their AC dies. … Continued
  • 30 June Minister Moment - I’m on vacation this week. Last week was incredible. Our congregation sent delegates to General Assembly in New Orleans. New Orleans responded by giving us Tropical Storm Cindy and then hot humid weather. The storm played havoc with travel plans, and many folks had their flights canceled: some never made it to the UUA General … Continued
  • 23 June Minister Moment - Greetings from New Orleans. This week is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly, being held this year in New Orleans. I’ve been at the Ministers’ Meeting since Monday and there have also been national gatherings for Religious Educators and for Administrators. The big news is, of course, Tropical Storm Cindy, which has made New … Continued
  • 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