Follow your bliss

From the Heart

“Follow your Bliss!” Most of my advice as a minister is summarized in this phrase. I know life is far less than perfect and often difficult. And still, please follow your bliss.

This is not a command, … read more.

Radical Acceptance

From the Heart

In her excellent book Radical Acceptance: Embracing your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, Tara Brach writes:

“D. H. Lawrence described our Western culture as being like a great uprooted tree with its roots in the air. ‘We are perishing for lack … read more.

Life passed through the fire of thought

From the Heart

Ralph Waldo Emerson writes that a sermon is “life passed through the fire of thought.” In this Emerson challenges me – and other preachers – to make our sermons about our own lives, rather than solely about abstract intellectual or scriptural … read more.

Houses of hope

From the Heart

My Unitarian Universalist colleague Reverend Naomi King calls us to cultivate: “cities of refuge, houses of hope, and gardens of peace.”

She issues this call in the face of those who would say our predicaments are overwhelming. She believes we … read more.

Wonderful possibilities

From the Heart

WOW! We have agreed to buy the 222 Temple building and property!

As we have all discussed these past few months, this opens up many wonderful possibilities. Assuming the closing goes as we plan, by August we will have … read more.

A new adventure!

Our new home at 222 Temple St, Fredonia NY

Our congregation is about to set off on a new adventure!

At our annual meeting on June 9, members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua voted to purchase the buildings and grounds at 222 Temple St, … read more.