Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger

Strengthening Our Foundation

Picture this: In a ritual to appreciate Lea, our church administrator, we each bring forward a marble for every time Lea has been there for us to support one of our activities or projects. Imagine the marbles filling her outstretched hands as she tries to hold them all. Any one marble is easy to […]

Ministers’ Challenge

We have a challenge for you – with rewards for all and a prize. But first a little background: our Coming of Age program is intended to be a great opportunity for our youth to explore who they are spiritually, ethically, and emotionally. We want them to develop a UU identity, grounded in […]

Our Campaign to End Homelessness

I was blown away when Chris S. texted me just two hours after the Interfaith Choir Concert to say that the event had raised more than $11,000 for the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and its Safe Spaces Campaign. In making the pitch for the Coalition, I had mentioned how much it had mattered […]

Survey Results #3 – Effectiveness of Leaders

How effective do you think our congregational leaders are? That was one of the questions we asked during our Ends Survey last March to understand how well we are doing reaching our third end/goal. This end states that “we have a broad circle of effective leaders who have the resources to complete their work in […]

Survey Results #2 – Offering and Receiving Help

In the October Parish Notes, we started to share the results of the Ends (Goals) Survey you completed in March. The analysis each month is based on the survey discussions we have at our church board meetings. The graphs and the summary statistics were generated by board member Suzanne Rude. This was a very substantial […]

Survey Results #1 – Connection

Last March, we circulated our first annual Ends Survey. Ends are statements that talk about the impact we want to see as a result of our ministry together. These ends were adopted by the Board of Trustees with broad-based input from the congregation a number of years ago. For the past few months, the board […]

A Happy Announcement from Michael

In November 2012, I mailed a letter to all of you that started: “After much reflection, soul-searching, and counseling, Cara and I have decided that it will be best for our family to live in separate homes. This decision has been tremendously difficult and has left both of us with a deep sense of […]

The Budget of our Dreams

I am thrilled to announce that our budget for next year will be: $10,000,028,350,010. At least, that’s what it would be if money were no object and you could give as much as feels right – according to the Dream Pledges you submitted a few Sundays ago. Thank you. Very inspiring!

Inspiring, because it shows that […]

Finding Equanimity

It’s him again! Why does he have to be so annoying? Can’t he just stop being so irritating? Everyone knows he is irritating. Everyone sees he is annoying. He must know this, so why on earth can’t he just change? Then my life would be so much easier, everyone’s life would be easier, even his.

And […]