Author Archives: Rev. Lyn Marshall

Summertime Faith

Our Second Hour and Sunday School classes have entered “Vacation Mode,” but faith development is so much bigger than what happens on Sunday mornings, and I want to encourage all of us – me included! – not to give our spiritual lives short shrift during the summer. Days are long – where will you make […]

What’s next for Lifespan Faith Development?

What a year of growth and learning this has been! As we prepare to wrap up our first year of Second Hour adult faith development programming and Sunday School classes after morning worship rather than before or during, it’s a time of taking stock. What went well? What were the challenges? What did we learn […]

Growing Spiritually

Our mission statement says our congregation exists for three reasons:

Connecting in love, growing spiritually, transforming ourselves and the world. As Spring begins to peek out from under the gritty, grimy remnants of snow, our worship theme for April will be Sacred Earth.

I have heard from so many of you, and have experienced myself, the deep […]

Teaching about Christianity

I am excited, and a bit nervous, about March in our congregation. Our worship theme is Christianity, which over the past half century seems to have become the most challenging world religion for us to discuss and experience as Unitarian Universalists. It’s definitely the most challenging world religion for me. Some of what Jesus taught, […]

Learning About Inclusiveness from our Kids

One of the great joys of my work is that I get to witness, or sometimes just overhear, the spiritual wonderings and discoveries of people from the nursery to the nursing home. I am eager for this new year, eager to continue the journey with you, eager to think and act together, to reflect on our experiences, and perhaps […]

Faith Formation is in Full Swing

It has been a wonderful month to be your Minister of Lifespan Faith Development. I have received hugs from toddlers who feel safe and loved here at church, overheard a 10-year-old telling his Sunday School teachers that they were “doing a great job” and seemed very experienced because they both knew a lot, laughed with our teenagers as they […]

An Ode to Joy

What is joy, and where does it come from? Is it necessarily fleeting, a height we cannot realistically hope to maintain, or can it be a daily disposition, the ground in which we plant ourselves?

I believe that joy – both the dizzying kind and the more ordinary experiences of happiness and contentment – is a side effect of […]

Faith Development Happens Everywhere

Last Sunday as I was sitting at my desk in the Church School office, I heard two familiar voices in the hallway – one of our six-year-olds, in animated conversation with one of our elders. “I’m a liberal,” I heard the child declare confidently as he opened a door and made his way into the children’s choir rehearsal. […]

Equanimity: a Theme for All Ages

Our worship theme for April is Equanimity, and I will freely admit that equanimity is not anything I’m famous for. I laugh easily, cry easily, and while I can be extremely patient with other people’s children, my own personal children? My older son, now 22, came home to visit and got a volley of criticism […]

Letting Go

As someone who recently moved and experienced my mother’s death, our December worship theme of “Letting Go” resonates strongly with both my outer and inner self. Reckoning with letting go is a lifelong spiritual task for all of us, because change is inevitable and yet holding on, too, is a human necessity. We are […]