Category: Minister Messages

On loneliness

From the Heart

Are you lonely?

I know — this might seem like the opening line for a dating service ad. But no, this is a serious question about our spiritual and religious health.

If I feel off-balance because I have not had enough social contact, I am … read more.

For current members and friends

Reverend George Buchanan here. We are all concerned about the risks presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

First and foremost, I hope and pray you are all taking reasonable care of yourselves and following medical advice on handwashing and other practices.

If you … read more.

Considering White Fragility

From the Heart

In March I am leading workshops to study the book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. These workshops will be on Saturday mornings March 7 and March 21 via online chat. … read more.

The Great Turning

From the Heart

We live in a time of global climate crisis, or climate emergency. The evidence is all around us, and on the news every day.

So what do we do? I believe we start by reframing. Yes, there are problems. … read more.

Mindfulness

From the Heart

Thich Nhat Hanh writes:

“Someone asked me, ‘Aren’t you worried about the state of the world?” I allowed myself to breathe and then I said, ‘What is most important is not to allow your anxiety about what happens in the world to fill … read more.

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.