Back to Basics

Lara Schopp Articles, Mike Graves

On August 15, we are returning to in-person worship at our three normal times: 9:01, 10:00, and 11:00. You probably already knew that since we’ve been announcing it over and over. But what you may not know is that another “return” is in the works starting that same day, a …

Wholeness

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

In her book Making All Things New Ilia Delio points out that we like the concept of wholeness. We buy groceries at “Whole Foods.” Some of us have tried the “Whole 30” diet. We try to do a “whole body workout” and we increasingly rely on holistic medicine. And Augustine, …

Praying

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

How do we pray when life is not going well? Sometimes it feels like we are doing everything right but life just keeps falling apart. In his book Meditations of the Heart, Howard Thurman begins a poetic prayer like this, “At times when the strain is heaviest upon us, and …

Into the Future

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Usually I write to you to share a meditation or reflection. But today I write more of a pastoral letter. We are experiencing multiple transitions in the life of our faith community and I want to share with you a few inside glimpses of what is unfolding. First, thank you. …

Spiritual Freedom

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

 As the fireworks pierce the night sky with staccato bursts, we will again remember the birth of our nation. Those who signed the Declaration of Independence risked their lives for liberty. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776 which said in part: “You will …

Dad

Leslie Tenjack Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

In many ways my father is very old school and traditional. For example, you put on a crisp white shirt and tie to go to church to show your respect. And he always opens the door for a lady to pass through first. But in other ways, my father was …

Sabbath

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

After a year of too much staying at home, many are now experiencing the “go, go, go.” We are eager to resume dining out, gatherings with friends, travel, in person work, working out at the gym. Today I saw the cashier at my favorite new bakery and I said “I’ve …

Bold Courage

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

His faith failed him. Though he made bold promises, when the going got tough he followed at a distance. Peter denies even knowing Jesus, not once but three times. In the cover of darkness he betrays Jesus, saying to the maid, “Woman, I don’t know him.” And Peter is left …

Together

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

The true meaning of love one’s neighbor is not that it is a command from God which we are to fulfill, but that through it and in it we meet God. -Martin Buber Back in March of 2020 the shut down arrived with the swiftness of an automatic garage door …

Unfettered Love

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Mother’s Day brings a twinge of grief for some and a spark of joy for others. My friend will pass her first Mother’s day this year after losing her mom to covid. For some folks it is a reminder of infertility angst or a fracture in the fabric of relationship …

Peace, Justice, and Love

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Staff Messages

Howard Thurman was valedictorian at Morehouse, a historically black men’s college, in 1923. While a student he worked as an errand boy in the university president’s office and one day a man waiting to see the president engaged him in conversation. “I am rearing my boys so that they will …