Reflections From The Minister

  • Reflections: April 2018

    Reflections: April 2018

    —It may be hard to believe ... spring has been so reticent to appear. But appear it will, without our needing to believe it, or coax it, it will come ... all of a sudden, the turning, new life emerging and we, astonished once again, may feel the stirrings of our souls.
  • Reflections: March 2018

    Reflections: March 2018

    —The further ... we .. widen ... our church's circle of inclusion and concern, the more stable and resilient over time we become. We are reminded in Deuteronomy, we drink from wells we did not dig, eat from vineyards and olive groves we did not plant ... Those before us gave, that we might have.
  • Reflections: February 2018

    Reflections: February 2018

    —What would it take, my friends, for MUUC to truly put out a Welcome Table? Welcome to the differently abled? Differently aged? Differently racially identified? Differently incomed? Differently gendered or oriented? Differently privileged or disadvantaged?
  • Reflections: January 2018

    Reflections: January 2018

    —Technically Epiphany is celebrated January 6, but, my dear ones, we will be celebrating epiphanies all month long and into the next ... It is a journey of discovery for each of us to examine how it is that race, power and privilege shape and define our lives.
  • Reflections: December 2017

    Reflections: December 2017

    —While you may [struggle] to believe that one day’s worth of oil burned miraculously for eight ... or that Mary conceived immaculately, you can still believe that the telling of these stories has changed people’s lives, reminding us that the infinite power of the right ... can be hidden in the small and the weak.
  • Reflections: November 2017

    Reflections: November 2017

    —My friends, this church year is the year of paying attention. These times are rich in gratitude for all we have and all we share. It is not just about Thanksgiving Day. It is about the gratitudes large and small that season our lives every day.
  • Reflections: October 2017

    Reflections: October 2017

    —Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church is on a path with huge opportunities and a vision as large and compelling as I have ever experienced in a congregation. ... we are being lifted on the wings of the very Spirit of Life, ... to the extent that we grab hold and come aboard.
  • Reflections: September 2017

    Reflections: September 2017

    —Welcome back, welcome home, dear ones. Whether your summer seemed too long, too short, or just right, you have a place here waiting. And it’s pretty special.
  • Reflections: May 2017

    Reflections: May 2017

    —We are poised for exploration. We are equipped with curiosity. If we can hold that state of being as our defining state, I am convinced that indeed creativity will pierce through to the marvelous.
  • Reflections: April 2017

    Reflections: April 2017

    —How exciting it is for each of us, each time we do something that says “I’m in, I am a player!” ... We become new again, ... We are declaring, this is my place, these are my values, and my life will contribute and make a difference.
  • Reflections: March 2017

    Reflections: March 2017

    —How blessed we are that the opportunities to give and receive keep unfolding, here, in our beloved community and with the world outside. What a joy indeed! The spirit is moving, joy is bubbling, ... What a glorious time to be here, together!
  • Reflections: February 2017

    Reflections: February 2017

    —...Times of uncertainty and transition, are also incredibly rich opportunities to shape our future and make a difference, by speaking up, by listening compassionately, by casting vision and by signing on to be the change for which we dream.
  • Reflections: January 2017

    Reflections: January 2017

    —What are your dreams for your church? How might MUUC be the same or different in 2024? (the 50th anniversary of the merger of the Melrose Unitarian and Universalist churches) These are some of the questions we will be exploring in the up-coming congregation-wide house meetings. We need everyone’s input!
  • Reflections: December 2016

    Reflections: December 2016

    —As we move on toward Christmas we know we will light candles against the dark, as people have done through the millennia .... many of us are feeling the darkness closing in ..... There is wisdom in the darkness, in settling down into it, feeling it fully ....
  • Reflections: November 2016

    Reflections: November 2016

    —November! We begin in the throes of a most disturbing and polarizing election for the President of our country. We end by returning to our collective recollection of what is right with our country, and a focus on gratitude that can be healing and binding.
  • Reflections: October 2016

    Reflections: October 2016

    —“I wake each morning torn between the desire to improve the world and the desire to enjoy it. That makes it hard to plan the day.” E.B. White. I resonate with E. B. White’s dilemma. Sometimes...Where I part company with E. B. White, is in experiencing them as oppositional. As if they are mutually exclusive.…