Albert Schweitzer reminds us that “at times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.” Hope is the lifeline to what comes next, it is “the argument that refutes death, the genius that invents the future” in the words of poet Lisel Mueller. Yet hope is neither guaranteed nor […]
Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger
Rev. Leuchtenberger is our senior minister. Read more.
When tragedy hits, when trauma numbs our senses, when we are hurting inside and out, how do we hang in there? How do we come back to life? Come hear stories of people reclaiming life when hope was hard to justify, stories of resilience in the face of adversity, stories of strength and courage growing […]
“Don’t Yuck My Yum” has become a favorite guideline within our youth group covenant. It reminds us to notice when someone is passionate and excited about something and to be careful and kind in the way we react to that passion even if we don’t share the excitement. Our passions are core to who we […]
As Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz points out, to this day we idolize men who advocated and implemented genocide as great heroes, as embodying the essence of the American spirit. Who and what we worship speaks directly to who we are and what we can become as individuals and as a nation. As long as violence and exploitation […]
Most identities are social constructs perpetuated by our culture to help us navigate the complexities of our social interactions. The identities we claim are powerful factors shaping our lives. Societies function when we respect each other’s identities. Dysfunction emerges when some have power over others to assign the identities that frame who they can be. […]
Letting go can be liberating and joyful yet when it is forced upon us by others or circumstances it can be stressful, frightening, and sad. Religion is designed to help us navigate our losses through ritual, music, story, community and more. Religion is designed to reconnect us with hope.
Our lives are full of great expectations – of the stuff we should acquire, the schedules we could keep, and the things we ought to accomplish. The list of “shoulds” is long and powerful. What if we removed the “shoulds” from our lists and focused on what we “must do” and “want to do” instead? […]
Come join us for this calm and meditative service with singing in the style of Taizé. The service will offer a time to feel spiritual community for anyone ready to let go of the busy-ness of the season or for whom Christmas is complicated or not a part of their religious tradition.
Please enter the Sanctuary […]
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr’s prayer reminds us of the limits of our own agency as we try to control the outcomes of our lives and the lives of those around us – […]
As the waves of culture and belief systems threaten to submerge each other they encounter the corresponding waves of fear about loss of identity and tradition. And they generate distress about the loss of progress made on the path toward justice. All cultural/faith corners of our country and globe seem to see themselves under attack […]