Posts by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

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October’s Theme: Courage

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

When I think of “courage,” I think of the character of the Lion in “The Wizard of Oz.” The Lion is supposed to be the king of the jungle. But this Lion is, by his own definition, a “coward.” He says, “I haven’t any courage at all. I even scare myself.” So he joins Dorothy […]

Feedback Welcome

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

I am fond of saying that if anyone could come up with a system of communication that worked for communicating information and events in a church, they would make a fortune. We have email, Facebook, the newsletter, an insert in the order of service, verbal announcements, posters, and good old-fashion phone calls and face-to-face interactions. […]

Build Your Cultural Competency

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity was developed by Milton Bennett (Portland State) as a way for people to understand and build cultural competency. What I like about this model is that it is grounded in the premise that being comfortable and able to function in cultures other than our own is like many other […]

A Successful Sermon

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

On Sunday, Sept. 17, Adam Fass, WUUC’s Board chair, will be preaching. I have already had the pleasure of hearing him preach its draft stage. What I said to him when he was through was, “I wish I had preached that sermon.” The content is an invitation and exploration of the notion of service and […]

Make It a Practice

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Welcome.  This is the theme for the month of September chosen because this is the month when many newcomers come through our doors wondering if this is the is a place for them, if this could be their religious home. It can be a hard thing to welcome people. Once we get past the “is […]

UUism: A Time of Foment and Possibility

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

I struggled with whether or not to attend this year’s General Assembly in New Orleans. I don’t do heat or humidity. I had only been there once before with a group of senior high youth and only the young man who hung out with me all day didn’t get served alcohol. Everyone was salivating about […]