Whose Are We

Whose Are We UU Church of the Palouse · October 6, 2019  Opening Words The question, “Who am I?” leads us to reflect on identity, purpose, and meaning.  But make the slight change- “Whose am I?” and we have an invitation to reflect on what holds us, binds us together, connects us to something greater. …

Telling it Like It Is

Telling it Like it Is  Audio UU Church of the Palouse · September 15, 2019 Opening Words There are certain cultural myths that shape who we are.  These myths come and go as society changes and evolves.  For example, I’m pretty sure that “Children should be seen and not heard” is a story that’s on its…

Five Years After Ferguson

Five Years After Ferguson  AUDIO UU Church of the Palouse · September 1, 2019  Opening Words Five years ago, I traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, in response to a call that went out far and wide for people, and particularly clergy, to attend protest marches organized in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown, Jr.  At…

The End of Exploration

Audio      Video Meditation (Sabbatical Poem, 7/31) Traveling through the forest After the fire The hillside looks like giant shins covered With thick, black stubble. Yet somehow, Even stripped of branches, twigs, Needles and bark, The trees retain their dignity. Straight as arrows Unbowed Unbent Rooted deeply in the soil of home. Draw near. Feel…

Follow the Butterflies

Audio     Video Opening Words There is a scene in the second Harry Potter movie where Harry and Ron Weasley receive the cryptic message, “follow the spiders.”  “Follow the spiders?” says Ron, a renowned arachnophobe.  “Follow the spiders?  Why couldn’t it be follow the butterflies?” Well, from the time I left on my sabbatical, I…

Being a Human Being

Audio:  Being a Human Being Video:  Being a Human Being Readings    Theodore Roethke, “Being not Doing” From Sabbath:  Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller Sabbath time offers the gift of deep balance; in Sabbath time, we are valued not for what we have done or accomplished, but simply because we…

Keep On Moving Forward

Keep on Moving Forward UU Church of the Palouse · January 20, 2019 Audio:  click here Video:  click here Opening Words Earlier this month, a friend of mine (Heather Rion Starr) invited us to offer up one-sentence summaries of our life’s mission.  Hers was, “energetically participating in & carrying forward a Unitarian Universalism that is a vibrant,…