It seems that everyone loves to tell ministers what’s wrong with the church or with religion in general.  I thought being a Unitarian Universalist minister would’ve insulated me somewhat from that role and that I’d be less likely to be a lightning rod for the religiously disgruntled – seeing as how our faith tradition functions […]

Animal Blessing Service Story – Jessica Seales   https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Ym14TcsJfX3l-1n1baQhxhoe32aymZwnYdpA3uGgRcg/edit?usp=sharing Since I was young, I always have loved living in the city. I never wanted to be the kind of person that wanted a slow-paced, small town life. So, you might imagine that I never expected to be the kind of person that had a house […]

Poet Anne Sexton describes courage as “a small coal / that you kept swallowing.” It’s a powerful metaphor. As early as 1550 B.C., ancient Egyptians used a certain kind of charcoal to treat poisons and toxins. It absorbs them, renders them harmless. And so we keep swallowing the small coal of courage, so that despite […]

I am very allergic to poison ivy. All it takes is a little brush and days later I am scratching itchy blisters on my hand wondering where I even encountered the plant. One time in my teen years I chased a baseball into a big patch of it without realizing, and ended up with such […]

If you have ever entered this sanctuary through the doors right behind me, perhaps you have looked left just before passing through. If so, you will have seen a beautiful metal sculpture of the phoenix. Have you seen it? I love it because it says three things about who we are. First of all, it […]