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November 18, 2015

Give Thanks

Give Thanks

I’ve experienced a special window into giving and generosity as a prior chair of our annual pledge drive. At Neighborhood, our annual pledge drive isn’t just about raising money, though that is certainly important. It’s also about members sharing how the church has sustained and deepened their lives. In the pledge drive I led, some […]

November 13, 2015

An Amplified Existence

An Amplified Existence

 The title of my sermon this Sunday comes from Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book, “Big Magic.”  She writes, “While the paths and outcomes of creative living will vary wildly from person to person, I can guarantee you this:  A creative life is an amplified life.  It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and […]

November 6, 2015

In the Shelter of Each Other

In the Shelter of Each Other

On this particular day, recycling yielded creative results. The cover of a catalogue from the Omega Institute, a New York based holistic health retreat center, featured the image of a lovely Celtic knot and an advertisement for an upcoming conference: “…” Breaking our rules about clutter and recycling, we saved the catalogue and read it […]

November 4, 2015

Mind, Body, and Spirit

Mind, Body, and Spirit

Believe it or not, I’ve been serving Neighborhood Church over nine years.  For every year of service, I earn a month of sabbatical, and the time has come for me to take my second sabbatical.  I will be away from the church February 1 – May 31 of 2016, a four month period. Sabbatical is […]

October 14, 2015

Dining for Dollars – Thinking Outside the Box

Dining for Dollars - Thinking Outside the Box

Dining for Dollars is a fundraising activity which began at Neighborhood Church more than 15 years ago. The current model has been emulated by the UU Church of Vancouver, BC, the UU Congregation of South County, RI, and now, the White Bear UU Church in Mahtomedi, MN (brought by our own UU “missionaries,” Mark King […]

October 9, 2015

Making the Age of Mercy

Making the Age of Mercy

I have never enjoyed my ministry more and I’m pleased to report two professional firsts.  One is that I, a Unitarian Universalist minister, convinced a Catholic priest to sign in support of an op-ed that, two, was published in this past Sunday’s Pasadena Star News.  I have also reached out to several conservative evangelical ministers […]

September 23, 2015

How Do We Do Social Justice at Neighborhood Church?

How Do We Do Social Justice at Neighborhood Church?

  “Social Justice” is the general term we use for all the ways we help make the world more just and peaceful for all.  Since there are countless methods, and Unitarian Universalists like choices when it comes to being of service, Neighborhood Church ministers and staff work hard to provide a variety of options. We […]

August 28, 2015

Guilt: A Spiritual Journey

Guilt: A Spiritual Journey

This Sunday, we are pleased to welcome Rabbi Susan Goldberg to our pulpit. Rabbi Susan has served Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Koreatown since 2013. Before this, Rabbi Susan served as a revitalizing rabbi for Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock and as rabbi in residence for East Side Jews, a project of […]

August 26, 2015

Community and Spirituality

Community and Spirituality

 Is it possible to be “spiritual” by ourselves?  Sure –when I hike by myself, which is pretty often, I am spiritually fed by reconnecting with nature and the exercise honors my body, the vessel of my spirit.  I define spirituality as intentionally connecting to that which is greater than the self – it reminds me […]

August 14, 2015

How Inherent is Worth?

How Inherent is Worth?

We UUs don’t have a creed, but we do have “principles.” The first of these says that we will affirm and promote the inherent worth of every person. “Inherent worth” – that means the permanent, inborn worth of every person. The first principle seems to be a simple statement that feels right. It feels good […]

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