Author: Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger

Returning, with gratitude

Thank you.  Seriously.  For allowing me to have generous time off this summer, to breathe, to replenish, to regain perspective, to listen to wise and entertaining voices on podcasts, audio recordings, and on film.  And to read and reflect, connect with family and friends, and … read more.

Church in a Time of Pandemic

Our mission has never felt as relevant as today: Connecting in love and service, growing spiritually, transforming ourselves and the world.
In record time, we’ve had to transform ourselves from a brick & mortar, relish-in-person-proximity, love-to-share-food-and-hold-hands kind of congregation into an online, phone-line, keep your … read more.

Telling Our Stories

It’s 10:21 pm. The parents have said their good-byes. Five more hours and we are headed to the airport. The youth are excited, roaming the church – and nowhere near ready for sleep. Time to finish these musings, musings about the importance of stories … read more.

Ours is a Covenental Faith

What do we mean when we say that Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith?  It points to our history as a faith focused on the quality of how we relate with one another.  In 1648 The Cambridge Platform gave expression to the way congregational churches … read more.

Pacing Ourselves, for Compassion

I’d like to think that my sermons help inspire you to greater and greater acts of compassion.  Apparently, I’ve been fooling myself. What shapes our readiness to act with compassion is something quite different.  A podcast of a German radio program (SWR2 Wissen) provided … read more.

Right Here… Right Now

“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there,’ or being in the present and wanting to be in the future.”  So simple these words by Eckhart Tolle, yet how true. We never really have a choice, of course. We are always ‘here’ … read more.

Staying in Touch

“We stopped coming and no one ever said a word.” 

“The only call I ever got from the church was about my pledge.” 

“I went through a rough time but the church didn’t seem to notice.” 


In other words: You didn’t care about me as … read more.