The death of Queen Elizabeth II nearly brought the United Kingdom to a halt as the population publicly and privately mourn their sovereign. Her 70-year reign is notable; her reputation, while rocky in the past, has been high in recent years, a testimony that memories are … read more.
Category: Pastoral Connections
I teach a healthy boundaries class for professional religious leaders. I am absolutely clear that healthy boundaries are the foundation of healthy ministry in all contexts; church, hospital, or non-profit. Healthy boundaries are also crucial with families and work.
But what are healthy boundaries? We like … read more.
“Even in the darkest of times we have the right to expect some illumination… Such illumination may well come less from theories and concepts than from the uncertain, flickering, and often weak light that some men and women, in their lives and works, will kindle … read more.
For over two years we have existed in a world pandemic on top of political turmoil, war, rising prices, gun violence, racism, and climate crisis. It’s an understatement to say ministering to each other has gotten particularly stressful as we tend to the loss and … read more.
“I’ve got you!” she said, again, “I’ve got you!” I still hear her words in my ears as they distilled their way into my heart and weary muscles. She tightly gripped my hands, holding me upright as I adjusted my feet and weight. My friend … read more.
Earth Day is Friday, offering a challenging opportunity for all of us to consider how we can transform our lives in small and large ways in order to mitigate the climate crisis. This is an annual invitation to reflect on how our religious values of … read more.
I’m a big fan of self-care. From exercise to healthy eating and sleep patterns, these are a daily priority. I’m keenly aware of when my body and mind are telling me that I’m pushing myself too hard, which I do on a regular basis. I’m … read more.
Anxious? Who me? No! Why do you ask?
Anxiety is normal in abnormal times. We have not been in normal times for the past two years. We have been forced to repeatedly examine what is “normal,” which in turn triggers yet more anxiety. Just as we’re … read more.
I dragged my beloved dog over to the couch and yelled “no” at him several times as I pointed to the cushions. I was angry he had been scratching at the cushions, pulling threads from the cotton upholstery. My housemate, who owned the couch, was … read more.
I’ve heard people refer to February and March as the winter “hump” months as if they have to be endured as we wait for spring. I understand this feeling of having to endure February and March since we’ve lived in western Pennsylvania before. I know … read more.
Volunteer needed Our love and prayers are with Cicely Moultrie and her husband as they expect a new arrival on Oct. 11. While she is on parental leave, here at First Unitarian, we still need one more volunteer to help work on the church calendar … read more.