August 26, 2020

Parson to Person: “Clever Clergy Cards,” August 21, 2020

Every once in a while someone sends me a card (as a number of you did when my sister Alice died). Sometimes I get a card […]
August 18, 2020

Parson to Person: “It Is Not What Paris Gives You,” August 14, 2020

Gertrude Stein once made an interesting statement about the capital of France. “It is not what Paris gives you,” she wrote. “It is what she does […]
August 10, 2020

Parson to Person: “Good Trouble from the Boy from Troy,” August 7, 2020

Like many of you, I have been moved by the tributes to the life of Congressman John Lewis, who represented Georgia’s 5th district (including most of […]
August 5, 2020

Parson to Person: “Trailblazers,”  July 31, 2020

We have had another death in our UCN family. Gwen Plunkett, who with her husband Jim joined Unitarian Church North in 1967, died at home on […]
July 29, 2020

Parson to Person: “On Holy Cussing” 7-24-2020

I once heard a piece of advice that has kept me thinking–and chuckling: “When you’re in a traffic jam, or a careless driver has just cut […]
July 21, 2020

Parson to Person: False Equivalency/Alice’s Prayer July 17, 2020

Last Sunday, when I gave my sermon on “Black Lives, White Lies”–there was something I didn’t end up saying–but that I think bears consideration. And that’s a […]
July 13, 2020

Parson to Person: “About Our Animal Friends,” July 10, 2020

During this time of sheltering in place, sometimes our pets become even more important than usual–especially for those of us who live alone. (In fact, I […]
July 7, 2020

Parson to Person:  “A Flying Nun in Wonderland” July 3, 2020

I recently got back from California after visiting my big sister Alice. Originally we had planned for Alice to come out to Wisconsin this spring, but […]
June 30, 2020

Parson to Person: “Sign of the Times” June 26, 2020

In the fall of 2017, Unitarian Church North installed a “Black Lives Matter” sign in front of the church. So did many other UU congregations (including […]
June 24, 2020

Parson to Person: “The Difference Between a Tomb and a Womb,” June 19, 2020

As we look at the controversy around COVID restrictions (when to open up businesses, when to wear a mask, etc.) and around the news stories about […]
June 16, 2020

Parson to Person: “Legacy: Ed’s, Yours, and Mine,” June 12, 2020

At a time like this, when we think about recent deaths of UCN members (Darlene Lochbihler on May 26th and Ed Friedrichs on May 29th)–I find […]
June 12, 2020

Parson to Person: “A President, a King, and a Minister,” Jan. 31, 2020

Since we celebrated M L King Sunday on January 19th, and we are on the cusp of February (Black History Month), I thought I’d mention a […]
June 12, 2020

Parson to Person: “Peace and Unrest,” Oct. 4, 2019

You may have noticed that I have begun ending the services I lead at UCN with the words “peace and unrest.” If you were at the […]
June 5, 2020

Parson to Person:  “Hope: The Thing with Feathers” June 5, 2020

There is so much happening in our country right now that it’s hard to absorb it all. For one thing, we are dealing with COVID-19–which is […]
June 3, 2020

Parson to Person: “Darlene,” May 29, 2020 

Many of us, I’m sure, are thinking about the recent death of Darlene Lochbihler. I didn’t know her for as long as many of you, but […]