The Gift of “Winnowing” Reality – Sept. 20, 2020

If change and growth and not programmed into your spirituality, if there are not serious warnings about the blinding nature of fear and fanaticism, your religion will always end up worshiping the status quo and protecting your present ego position and personal advantage—as if it were God. — Richard Rohr          … Read More

A Further Journey – Sept. 13, 2020

A journey into the second half of our own lives awaits us all. Not everybody goes there, even though all of us get older . . A “further journey” is a well-kept secret . . . Many people do not even know there is one. There are too few who are aware of it, tell… Read More

“Spiritual Awakening” and Spiritual Maturity— What’s the Difference? – Sept. 6, 2020

Implicit in spiritual maturity is emotional maturity—the ability to handle situations without unnecessarily escalating them, to correct our problems and behavior rather than blame someone else for them, to accept accountability for our actions. A spiritual awakening sounds a lot more exciting, honestly, yet it is spiritual maturity that leads to the fruits and fullness… Read More

What Represents Security for You? – August 30, 2020

Passing of the Peace (a.k.a. “meet & greet”)  Resumes this Sunday (at least as an experiment)  So come ready to say hello to everyone! When we met in person our congregation enthusiastically opened our service each Sunday with what was known as the Passing of the Peace or Offering the Peace of Christ to one another.… Read More

Charting a New Path – August 23, 2020

I would not have chosen Finding Yourself in Transition by Robert Brumet as our summer text if I did not think it contained valuable wisdom for our faith journey. Brumet’s inspired use of the Exodus story to walk us through the stages of transition helps us face “leaving Egypt”—face the endings that inevitably come our… Read More

Every New Beginning…-August 16, 2020

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Seneca “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” —John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan Reflecting over the past few weeks, I have come to realize that I have been in training for this period in time. Since leaving… Read More

All Who Wander – August 9, 2020

“Not all who wander are lost.”  J. R. R. Tolkien “Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’” John 13:7 I’ve been pondering life during the pandemic/economic/social justice changes we have been experiencing. In the 1990’s I attended a conference in which the speaker said, “If things in… Read More

The Void – August 2, 2020

From Rev. Linda: Knowing the Light comes from making the darkness conscious. — Carl Jung My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind . . . know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. —… Read More

Endings – July 26, 2020

This Sunday: Moses looked and the bush was blazing; yet it was not consumed . . .  Then he heard God say: “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”Exodus, Chapter 3           The bush that burns yet is not consumed. Now that… Read More

The 4 D’s of Transition – July 19, 2020

Sunday Service Zoom Room Breakout Gatherings:Are they useful? How can they be more enriching? Even before the pandemic herded us online, UCOG was moving away from the “sage on the stage” Sunday format to a more interactive worship experience. An interactive experience sharpens our listening skills, helps us take the Sunday topic deeper into our lived… Read More