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Consider Buying Nothing

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Katie Covey, the curator for Soul Matters, talks about this month’s theme of “abundance” using a line from the Wendell Berry poem, “Wild Geese”: “what we need is here.” As the season of buy, buy, buy edges out taking stock of the abundance we already have, let us return to Berry’s words. For most of […]

An Invitation to Abundance

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Abundance (n)  Copious quantity or supply – from French abondance and directly from Latin abundantia “fullness, plenty…” Also related to “overflowing.”  So says the online Etymology dictionary. Using this idea of “plenty” and “overflowing,” take this month to look at your life. In what ways do you experience abundance? Or do you experience its opposite, […]

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. […]

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 […]