Rev. Michael Leuchtenberger

Rev. Leuchtenberger is our senior minister. Read more.

Death Penalty Obituary

This weekend, ministers, rabbis, priests, and pastors around the state of New Hampshire are preaching about the impact of the Death Penalty on our lives.  UUs have officially opposed capital punishment since 1961 and have repeatedly reaffirmed the need to find alternatives. It it time to close the book on this chapter of our state’s […]

Plugging in to Sanctuary

It can be tempting to keep going and going and going, until past the point when exhaustion and collapse become inevitable, when beauty and kindness can no longer be perceived, when compassion and generosity are out of reach, when a painful recovery is forced upon us.  When and how we hit that wall varies from […]

Our Sanctuaries

Sanctuaries are places of refuge, places that make us feel safe.  They are holy places we return to again and again, places made holy because we return to them over and over. Sanctuaries can take on many forms – physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. They exist all around us.  Yet we don’t always pay attention to […]

The Violence of the American Dream

Visions of the American Dream have inspired generations of recent and established immigrants alike.  The American Dream is a story of hope and fulfillment of a better life. Yet embedded in the American Dream are assumptions that undermine its very aspirations:  try hard enough (on your own) and you will succeed; success means owning (a […]

Owning Our Violence

Where is that line between strength and aggression, play and abuse, defense and assault?  Where in our lives do we wrestle with our own impulses to become violent – physically, emotionally, mentally?  What to do when we know we’ve crossed the line? How to respond when others feel we have crossed the line? How do […]

The Purpose of Violence

We may resist the notion, yet violence is a fundamental part of who we are as human animals and human communities, the survivors of decisions made by our ancestors over millennia.  We suffer from the consequences of physical violence, emotional violence, and violence in our thoughts. Nonetheless, as Robert Sapolsky writes in “Behave,” we don’t […]

Tikva and the Star

For each child that’s born a morning star rises and sings to the universe who we are.  These lyrics by UU musician Ysaye M. Barnwell, remind us that the birth of Jesus is a symbol for the miracles of life we get to experience over and over.  Today’s service will focus on a creative retelling […]

Falling from Grace

Our Universalist roots suggest that we cannot really fall from grace, or be pushed from grace.  The universal love extended to us by God or the Universe is always around us, ready to embrace us at all times, even when it doesn’t always feel that way.  Hell, in the Universalist understanding, is when we close […]

The Meaning of Grace

We don’t talk about grace in UU theology very often or easily.  What is the traditional understanding of grace? What are we missing when we disregard grace as a concept?  What could grace mean to us? How do we relate to the experience of grace even as atheists or agnostics?

Our first Sunday drop-in covenant group […]

Enough Already?

Do you agree that the single most reusable answer to any spiritual (and emotional or material) question seems to be:  It depends on finding the right balance? (If you can think of another candidate, please let Michael know.) So answering the question whether we should live our lives from a place of scarcity or […]