Minister’s Blog

Love is strong, and it is everywhere

I had the honor of officiating a wedding this summer, a second marriage for both people who discovered each other unexpectedly a few years back. I was present as the bride came down the stairs to join her beloved, and witnessed their expressions of love at a particular moment of anticipation, with friends and family … Continued

Facing our limitations

My phone rang last night, after I had shut off the lights and gone to bed. It was our youngest daughter, out of state, letting me know her car had been hit by a hit-and-run driver; she was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital; she was basically fine (she thought) but clearly … Continued

The Rhythms of Summer

I’ve been especially aware lately of how the rhythms of summer are different from the rest of the year. It’s particularly noticeable around the church, of course, since we don’t gather on Sunday mornings; but, that’s not the only way one feels the differences. Travel times change, and destinations are often distinct to summer plans. … Continued

Recapturing Walden

This week we celebrate Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday. He is perhaps best known for his book Walden, a contemplation of his time in a small cabin in the woods of Concord. The cabin was 10’x15′, and according to the Globe “contained a fireplace, table, desk, bed, and three chairs.”   As it happens, Dan and … Continued

The Many Gifts You Bring

Last Sunday’s service, highlighting our children and youth and thanking all those who give time and support to their classes and activities, was just great. And, I loved receiving this beautiful chalice poster with lots of our young people’s hand prints and energy! I will find a place to hang it so that we can … Continued

Our “summer reads” choices: W.E.B. DuBois and bell hooks

One often imagines “summer reads” to be a bit light-handed, with engaging, if not demanding, plot lines. Our choice for this summer’s Theodore Parker Church selection is an exception to that rule. And, we’re proposing not one, but TWO books, to be read (if you’re up for it) interactively, i.e., a chapter of one, a … Continued

Summer Changes Ahead

Today’s warmth is a sign of things to come: summer temperatures and bright blue skies. I am so looking forward to more of both! Most of you know that our summer calendar changes at Theodore Parker Church. We have Sunday services from now through June 18, and then shift to Wednesday evening gatherings: every other week … Continued

Racial Justice, the UUA, and Our Congregation

It was Tip O’Neill who left us the maxim, “all politics is local.” He was speaking as a national leader, of course, acknowledging the local impact of federal legislation. Well — that, and also where the votes come from that put legislators in office to begin with! Sometimes the relationship between national endeavors and local … Continued

Growing Season

It’s a busy spring for us at Theodore Parker Church. After years of heart-filled and sustained effort to rebuild and rejuvenate this community, it feels like we are now officially in Grow Mode – not just our numbers (although, yes!) but our energy and outreach, and our forward planning. A colleague recently suggested that growth … Continued

Change, Discomfort, Resilience

The poet John O’Donohue offers this morning blessing: May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to new frontiers, To break the dead shell of yesterdays, To risk being disturbed and changed. The question is how much “disturbed” we can tolerate (individually or as organizations) as we experience being “changed.” … Continued