Reverend Charlie’s Column
- April 20 Minister Moment -
April is such a busy month! Tonight (Friday April 20) is our third time running Death Cafe … an intentionally maudlin-sounding name for a specific, guided reflection on our own mortality. The program was developed to help people “make the most of their (finite) lives” ... read more.
- April 13 Minister Moment -
Bring a flower this Sunday, any flower you want to share. Our yearly Flower Communion is a service dedicated to thinking about diversity and community. We each bring a flower (or select one from our outdoor “pick a flower” vase.) Then all our diverse flowers ... read more.
- April 6 Minister Moment -
April is certainly beginning with a lot of energy. Flowers are blooming and it’s warm enough for yard work, trips, team sports and baseball, and it’s exhausting. Come this Sunday to our worship service … “For the Beauty of the Earth” a meditation on the wonderful ... read more.
- March 30 Minister Moment -
“Celebration of Life.” The other day I was re-listening to Kate Braestrup interview from the radio program “On Being”. While discussing her work as a chaplain, Rev. Braestrup mentioned that Tibetan Buddhists say “you prepare your whole life for your death;” and then she says ... read more.
- March 23 Minister Moment -
This is a rare week with no Friday events at UCN. Don’t despair … Hampton Roads has plenty to do. May I suggest that tonight (Friday) you head over to Virginia Wesleyan University? It is a benefit called “2018 Empty Bowls,” a fundraiser for hunger ... read more.
- March 16 Minister Moment -
This past Wednesday students from many schools walked out of their schools for 17 minutes, one for every student killed in Parkland, FL. The videos and photos were heartbreaking and hopeful. As with so many other examples of activism in the USA, the many protests ... read more.
- March 11 Minister Moment -
March is a time of miracles. If you want to see one, come to the Sunday morning service and see the Teen Service! I’ve been hearing about what’s coming for weeks now, and I don’t even get to be there. But you can come and ... read more.
- March 2 Minister Moment -
Yes, it is March already. You have three weeks to do all those things you were going to do this winter. Yep. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news like that. Oh, and once you’ve done your taxes, or at least estimated them, ... read more.
- Feb. 23 Minister Moment -
in the warmth of love
We gather to seek, to sustain, and to share.
We say these words every Sunday. We ask a child to light an oil flame in a ceramic chalice-shaped bowl. We begin our time of worship together. ... read more.
- Feb. 16 Minister Moment -
Thanks to all who participated in the Employee Appreciation Dinner, who brought food, spoke, and generally made it a merry evening. Rob Curran, taking time from his work in the Stewardship Campaign, did a fine job of organizing the event. Thanks to Nancy Duncan ... read more.