Posts by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

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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 […]

What is Full Community Worship?

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Many of you have heard me or Rev. Jaelynn use the phrase “Full Community Worship.” It should not be confused with what we used to call “Intergenerational Worship” which could just mean generations of adults worshipping. Full Community Worship means that everyone from cradle to sage is welcome to be in the worship service. When […]

Spring Quarterly 2018

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

In this newsletter you may find ways to serve and connect, there are other opportunities in ASJ, Worship, and etc. and you can find them by checking out the full WUUC monthly newsletter. Keep reading to sign up for Winter programming. You may also sign up and see these offerings and more on our website. As […]

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 […]