• By Published On: August 15, 2021

    Praise and gratitude go hand-in-hand. Both are a natural response to our recognition that, as the old saying goes, “God is God. You are not.”

  • By Published On: August 8, 2021

    The inspirational power of a good idea is constantly amazing. Consider the case of California organic farmer Michael O’Gorman, who put together two seemly-unrelated trends: the aging of American farmers and the high unemployment among returning military veterans.

  • By Published On: August 1, 2021

    When the way ahead seems uncertain, when the news is mostly negative, when we feel powerless to effect change, it is good to remember that we are hardly alone.

  • By Published On: July 25, 2021

    We are each walking up the mountain of spiritual enlightenment, each on our own path, each discovering the same ancient truths in our own way and in our own words.

  • By Published On: July 18, 2021

    With the Olympic Games set to begin in Tokyo on July 23rd, we celebrate one of the few venues that brings the nations

  • By Published On: July 11, 2021

    All cultures have rituals. One of the liberating outcomes of worshipping in a progressive faith community is the freedom to create new rituals as well as adapt old ones.

  • By Published On: July 4, 2021

    Getting to peace begins at home and extends out to neighborhoods, cities, states, countries and across the world. The challenge always is to stand for peace without using violence to accomplish it.

  • By Published On: June 27, 2021

    Nature provides us with a never-ending source of imagery for the Divine.

  • By Published On: June 20, 2021

    More than 1200 years ago, the Islamic saint Rabia of Basra wrote: In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel. Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist… (from “Love Poems from God”, trans. Daniel Ladinsky)

  • By Published On: June 13, 2021

    Being a father is one of the most challenging and most rewarding roles we may ever get to take on. Particularly in this day of self-help books and über-parenting, it is perhaps helpful to remember Clarence Kelland’s words about his father:

  • By Published On: June 6, 2021

    Consider these few lines by beloved poet Mary Oliver: Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

  • By Published On: May 30, 2021

    Change is a challenge at any age in almost any context. Human nature seems to prefer the known, the predictable. Churches, as we know, are no exception!

  • By Published On: May 23, 2021

    Prayer is our heart speaking. In most of our Protestant churches, we get an abundance of head speaking, which makes the balance afforded by prayer time all the more important.

  • By Published On: May 16, 2021

    Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Spirit on the followers of Jesus, seven weeks after Easter.

  • By Published On: May 9, 2021

    To be blessed as we leave worship and go out into the world is a lovely moment.

  • By Published On: May 2, 2021

    As we move through the Season of Spring, we are reminded of the cycle of life. This week we will focus on the

  • By Published On: April 25, 2021

    Celebrating the diversity of religious traditions.

  • By Published On: April 18, 2021

    As children, we learn the “magic words” please and thank you. They do indeed smooth the way for us throughout our lives. What do you suppose would happen if children also learned to say I’m sorry regularly?

  • By Published On: April 11, 2021

    Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation of Earth's natural environment. It is hoped that it will inspire people to connect

  • By Published On: April 4, 2021

    The Blessing of the Taxes is a national effort initiated several years ago by Jim Burklo and adopted by various churches and temples around the country.

  • By Published On: March 28, 2021

    Easter can be a challenging time for progressive Christians. We have let go of much of the traditional Christian doctrine that contains the answers to Big Questions, but the questions themselves remain.

  • By Published On: March 21, 2021

    Waiting… waiting… the images of waiting are everywhere just before Easter. Mary Magdalene at the tomb, the disciples wondering “what now?”, all of us in suspension after the events of Good Friday and before the release of Easter Sunday morning.

  • By Published On: March 21, 2021

    Good Friday, with its graphic images of death and despair, is endurable every year because we already know that Easter is coming, soon. But what if we didn’t know that?

  • By Published On: March 14, 2021

    The symbols we choose to focus on become planted deep within us. In the liturgical season of Lent, and especially during Holy Week, we think primarily of the cross and crown of thorns… outward evidence of a humiliating and painful death. But other symbols appear during this time, like the towel and basin of water on Maundy Thursday.

  • By Published On: March 7, 2021

    When we read words written by others, we often don’t know the context in which the words were written. Sometimes the story behind the words is the best part.

  • By Published On: February 28, 2021

    One reason we search for new language, especially at this time of year, is that for many Christians, the traditional words have lost their ability to touch us. Repetition can bring the joy of the familiar, but it can also cause us to glaze right over….

  • By Published On: February 21, 2021

    Traditionally Lent is a time during which we “give up” something, but more recently many people have moved to “taking on” something during the Lenten season.

  • By Published On: February 14, 2021

    Of all the symbols we encounter during Lent, none is more recognizable than the cross.

  • By Published On: February 7, 2021

    Lent comes early this year. It seems like we just put away the last of the Christmas decorations and turned to face the new year, and here comes Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13).

  • By Published On: January 31, 2021

      May this time of Lent be a time for introspective meditation, letting go, acceptance, and rebirth. The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon