Posts by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

16 of 79 items

Theme for May: Embodiment

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Embodiment. How does each of us inhabit, embody, our bodies? Do you know anyone who actually likes their body just the way it is? Every day and in every way, we are literally assaulted by unrealistic images of what the ideal male or female body should look like in advertising, media, and the entertainment industry. […]

Moving Deeper into a Community of Faith

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

“A leader is someone in whose presence, other leaders are born.” It took me years to learn this and to understand that leadership did not mean doing everything that needs to be done. Leaders delegate. Leaders listen as well as speak. Leaders empower others to bring forth and utilize their skills. Leaders lead from the […]

Let’s Resist the Pace of Mainstream Culture

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
death valley3

This sabbatical took me from Auschwitz in Poland to the rock and sands of Death Valley. From a Buddhist monastery in Trout Lake, Washington to the stunning and empty beaches of Molokai. Then to the desert lands of New Mexico that Georgia O’Keefe inhabited. It has been a gift. I come back entering the month […]


by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Transformation can come with suddenness and fire and it can come gently and gradually. It can work on you long after the watershed moment: that time which delineates who we were prior to an event from what we have become after an event. We are changed, expanded, fuller in who we are and our living. […]

A Tale of Two Nations

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]


by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
black and white rose header

The year in review of those who have died always gives me pause. But this year in particular, several persons who are notable also had a profound effect on my life. Leonard Cohen wrote the songs that Judy Collins covered in my teen years. In particular, “Suzanne.” The title track from his last album, “You […]