Category: Minister

Making a Difference

At our Auction in the fall, we raised money for doing some social justice work in the community. At a Collaboration meeting in early February, a group of discussed and came up with opportunities to use the funds to help us do some direct … read more.


I served a congregation in Woodstock, Vermont back in the mid-1990s. I learned about winter weather. And a LOT about snow.

It might have been the first time we had a big snow that I decided to not preach the sermon that I had planned, but … read more.

Running Into the New Year

Lucille Clifton wrote:

i am running into a new year
and the old years blow back
like a wind
that i catch in my hair
like strong fingers like
all my old promises

Full poem here.

If you’re like me, you’ve been ruminating about all the usual things … read more.

Throwing Stars

There’s a often told story about a beach that was covered with dying starfish that had been swept ashore by a storm. One person was walking along and spotted another person who seemed busy at a task among the creatures filling the beach. … read more.

Finding Enough in a Time of Too Much

Christmas was my mother’s favorite holiday. She delighted in a decorated tree and decorated it with care, rearranging the slapdash ornament placement that characterized my brother’s and my placement. Back in the days when we would lay strands of tinsel over the branches, she would … read more.

When Gratitude Comes Hard

At the Interfaith Thanksgiving service held on Tuesday night, I shared this brief reflection on gratitude, the theme of the service.  May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

As the autumn deepens, winter is on its way, we prepare to gather with family and friends … read more.

Our Chance

At the Ministers Professional Days I attended this last week, our conversations and our worship were filled with exclamations of exhaustion and the wish for words of hope and reassurance for us to offer to the folks in our congregations. To be honest, most … read more.

Our Beautiful and Fragile Hearts

My dear friends,

I believe in the strength of power of love.  I believe in the tenacity and strength of our hearts.  And I know that at this moment, there is too much broken-heartedness in the world.

I have spent the last week struggling as the … read more.

Soul Matters Theme: Vison

At a training many years ago, the leader talked about how when she became a birder, she also began to see things that weren’t as pleasant.  As she described it, she learned to notice small movements that called her attention to a creature nearby.  … read more.

Questions, Questions, Questions!

On Sunday, August 12, I answered questions generated in the service.  I collected up index cards that had questions written on them and selected the ones that I would answer.  As it turned out, it was only a few questions out of the big … read more.