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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 […]

Introduction to Theme for June: Joy

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

“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

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

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. […]