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UUism: A Time of Foment and Possibility

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
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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 […]

Introduction to Theme for June: Joy

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
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“Joy is not in the circumstance, but in the response. The sun rises every day, like it or not. Being entranced by it is a choice.” Rev. Peggy Clark. Peggy’s life and ministry is all about justice. Every kind of justice from climate justice to racial justice to economic justice and everything in between. She […]

The Transformative Value of Vacation

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
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The sun and warm temperatures arrived not a second too soon. Both the clergy and lay leaders are exhausted. The political anxiety in the country and in the world has taken its toll. We want respite, a time out, reassurance, and renewed perspectives. We want a break from it all. My sabbatical gave me respite, […]

Theme for May: Embodiment

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
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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
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“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
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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 […]