Becoming the Beloved Community

Becoming the Beloved Community

The service this past Sunday centered on the prayers of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Connecting with the divine presence was paramount for King in his work and struggle for justice. His faith and spirituality formed him. They guided the values and...
Epiphany: The things we see

Epiphany: The things we see

Happy New Year! I expected this first message of the year to be full of joyful greetings. We experienced many challenges in 2020, and now we see hope on the horizon thanks to the vaccines being administered. While I celebrate this progress and its implications for our...
Christmas Message from Pastor Ailsa

Christmas Message from Pastor Ailsa

Che Jesus, They told me that you came back to be born every Christmas. Man, you’re crazy!      …with the stubborn gesture of coming back every Christmas      you are trying to tell us something. That the revolution that all proclaim begins first of all in each one’s...
Waiting

Waiting

And so we wait. The year 2020 has provided us with many opportunities to wait. Wait to visit family from across the country. Wait to hug loved ones living nearby. Wait to eat at a favorite restaurant. Wait to host friends for dinner. Wait to meet in person for worship...
Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

In November, several of my friends commit to naming one thing for which they are thankful each day of the month. They tell me this practice of gratitude highlights important relationships and many other gifts life bestows. I have tried this practice this year hoping...
Mental Health Sunday

Mental Health Sunday

Twice each year we set aside a Sunday worship service to focus on mental health. The past months since the pandemic began and during the election season, we have experienced significant stressors as a society, which have increased mental illness symptoms for some and...
Waiting

Waiting

As I write this, we do not know the results of the presidential election. Perhaps it is fitting for 2020. So much has been disrupted, altered, and become uncertain in the past eight months.  We have experienced the stress of a pandemic that has infected over 9.5...
Thank you ♥

Thank you ♥

I am grateful to everyone for the wonderful surprises, gifts, and affirming words offered during Pastor Appreciation Month. The treats were wonderful and the tea tasty. The basket with pampering products has been fun, and I look forward to using the notebook, pens,...
Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic Violence Awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, every minute on average twenty-four individuals in the United States are the victims of physical abuse, stalking, or sexual assault at the hands of their intimate...