Posts by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

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Theme — Balance

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” I have always loved this quote from the writer, E.B. White. And of course, I always want to be able to do both: improve the world and […]

Help WUUC Create Its Future

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

I was reading the booklet, “Civic Engagement and the Restoration of Community: Changing the Nature of the Conversation” the other day as homework for a webinar course I am taking. Its focus is “about the methodology for creating a future for our community that is distinct from and not predicted by its past. Creating a […]

Lessons from Geese

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Years ago, I was emceeing an annual awards event for the queer community. With that task came delivering opening remarks. I thought I had stumbled on something brilliant based on listening to and watching the fall geese that filled the skies periodically that fall. Their group flight seemed the perfect metaphor for community, leadership, survival, […]

Theme for the Month: Perseverance

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

“Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.”- Robert Strauss “People cry not because they are weak. It’s because they’ve been strong too long.”  – Shane Koyczan   These two quotes define the two ends of perseverance for me: doggedly hanging in […]

A Hope for All Time

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Hopes for all of you for the coming new year: Time for quiet and reflection Time for laughter and giddiness Time with friends who remind you of who you are Time with family that is all about good food and conversation without electronic distraction Time to curl up with a good book- and you get […]

Intention: Theme for January

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Many years ago, when I worked as a Youth Minister, I would take youth on mission trips to Spanish speaking countries to partner with local communities on a project they wanted done. I spoke no Spanish but quickly learned food words because I was a vegetarian at the time. I used to believe that if […]