Posts by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

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Preparing to Depart

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Dear WUUC community, June 24 will be my last day as minister of the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church. Starting Aug. 15, I will serve as the Developmental Minister at the Eugene UU Church in Oregon. For me my ministry has come full circle as I began my ministry there in 1981 in campus ministry. I […]

We’ve Had a Good Run

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

How one ends a journey is almost more important than how one begins it. I learned this when traveling with youth. We would spend sometimes up to 9 months preparing for a 3-week trip. At the end of the trip, the youth would scatter at the parking lot or airport with their parents just as […]

Theme for June: Blessing

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

“Look, the world is always ending somewhere… [and] there is nothing a blessing is better suited for than an ending… This blessing will not fix you, will not mend you… it will not talk to you about one door opening when another one closes. It will simply sit itself beside you among the shards and […]

My Wish for You

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

The following was in the comment section of Facebook in regard to an article in the Washington Post about the racial conflict at our All Souls’ Church in D.C. It is written by a non-UU who has a lot of UU friends. I found it particularly insightful into who we appear to be as a […]

Theme for April: Emergence

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

“Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being, we are enough. “ Ram Dass When it comes to the spiritual life in Unitarian Universalism, there are those who declare it to be missing in action. Yes, the proverbial pendulum has swung in our denomination from hard […]

It’s Easier to Draw Lines Between than Circles Around People

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Clarence Skinner, perhaps the most influential Universalist minister of the 19th century, (http://uudb.org/articles/clarencerussellskinner.html) wrote that “the line between good and evil runs through people, not between them.” In today’s cultural and political climate of “us vs. them,” Skinner’s words were prescient. Years ago, there was a poster floating around that said, “Jesus came to draw […]