Category: Minister’s Letter

Minister’s Message for June 2023

Dear Ones,

Our liturgical theme for June is Delight. When I asked the participants of the Wednesday night minister’s class to help me understand the difference between delight and joy, some said that delight has an unexpected quality to it. I rather like that response. And, I find that it … read more.

Letter to the Congregation: New Ministry Contract

Dear Ones, 

This is a season of mixed emotions for me as I balance anticipatory grief in leaving you with the delight of having signed a one year renewable contract to serve the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills in the Pittsburgh, PA metropolitan area. … read more.

Minister’s Letter for April 2023

Dear Ones, 

The liturgical theme for April is resistance. One way we resist injustice and lack of compassion is what we refer to as “speaking truth to power.”  On Monday evening, I participated in a powerful act of resistance when I joined those of our members … read more.

Minister’s Message for March 2023

Dear Ones, 

Sometimes the Universe aligns matters in a way that unavoidably resonates with what is happening in our lives. That’s how I experience the fact that our Soul Matters liturgical theme for March is Vulnerability. I recently found myself standing before the assembled mourners at … read more.

Minister’s Message for February 2023

Dear Ones,

Our liturgical theme this month is “Love.”  On Sunday, we explored eight types of love and the Greek names for them – agape, eros, ludas, philia, philautia, pragma, mania, and storge. As I said on Sunday, this message focuses on philautia or self-love. A … read more.

Minister’s Message for January 2023

Dear Ones,

Our liturgical theme this month is “The Path of Finding Our Center.”  What does that even mean?

What comes immediately to mind is the way moments of appreciating my natural surroundings can often quiet the prioritizing, strategizing, and negotiations continuously taking place in the recesses … read more.

Minister’s Message for December 2022

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Our liturgical theme for December is “The Path to Wonder.” That path invariably leads me to contemplate sources of light – the stars, the moon, the sun, the torch, and the candle in the window.

Research estimates that eighty to eighty-five percent of our … read more.

Letter from the Minister for November 2022

Dear Ones, 

Our liturgical theme for November is Path to Change. When I realized this, I laughed out loud. Sometimes I think the Universe is playing jokes on me and other times, like now, I think the Universe is giving me just what I need – whether … read more.

Minister’s Letter September 2022

Dear Ones,

Our Seventh Principle reminds us that we are part of an interdependent and interconnected web of existence – that we belong to each other. We feel each other’s pain and share in each other’s joy. 

So, as we begin meteorological autumn and a new liturgical … read more.

Minister’s Message for June

Dear Ones, 

This month’s theme is Celebrating Blessings. A blessing has traditionally been thought of as a favor or gift bestowed by G-d that brings happiness and well-being.  So, I’d like to share with you an ancient blessing that empowers the speaker to invoke the blessings … read more.