A gift for pastors is that people trust us enough to share their, sometimes very personal, stories.

“Imagine if every church became a place where everyone is safe, but no one is comfortable. Imagine if every church became a place where we told one another the truth. We might just create a sanctuary.“ Rachel Held Evans “I Love to Tell the Story”, the title of the familiar and well-loved hymn by Katherine […]

Thank you so much for the lovely, warm welcome you gave me last Sunday on my first day with you as your Interim Pastor!

Dear Congregation, “Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the time it’s both.”      Kristin Kreuk “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you so much for the lovely, warm welcome you gave me last […]

What stones will you raise as gifts to the descendants?

Dear Members and Friends, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Stone of Help; for he said, ‘Thus far the LORD has helped us.’” – 1 Samuel 7:12 I sort of fell apart during my first semester of college. In retrospect, it was normal stuff: small […]

Agents of God

Dear Members and Friends, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”                       – Eleanor Roosevelt, 20th century In last week’s readings, the First Book of Samuel told the story of the youngest, smallest son being lifted up to lead the whole nation, and the Gospel of Mark recounted the parables of Jesus […]

God’s Role for Me.

Dear Members and Friends, “I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.”                       – Oprah Winfrey, 21st century God’s ways are mysterious, it’s true, and our Old Testament […]

As we come to the end of my tenure as your Pastor, I am greatly encouraged that CCUCC is strong, healthy, and continuing to engage in…

Dear Members and Friends, … if you ever wonder what you’ve done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been God’s grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle.                           -Marilynne Robinson, “Gilead,” 21st century We have come to the end. Three and a half months ago, at the […]

When a relationship ends, there is always sadness and grief.

Dear Members and Friends, Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.  -George Eliot, 19th century When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.               -C. S. Lewis, 20th century When a relationship ends, there is always sadness and grief.  […]