May 22, 2020

Parson to Person: “A 12th-Century Ladder of Love,” May 22, 2020

The Jewish philosopher Maimonides (1136-1204) once wrote a Guide for the Perplexed, in which he created a “ladder of charity” with 8 rungs on it: The […]
May 15, 2020

Parson to Person: “New Words to an Old Battle Hymn” May 15, 2020

At last Sunday’s virtual Mothers’ Day service, I introduced a new verse to “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” (Julia Ward Howe, who introduced America’s first Mothers […]
May 8, 2020

Parson to Person: “On Niches, Sheep, and Little Princes,” May 8, 2020

If you ever visit First Unitarian Church in Chicago (near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in the Hyde Park area), you may notice a niche carved […]
May 1, 2020

Parson to Person: “On Gifts” 5-1-20

As we are all sheltering in place during the pandemic, I have noticed some small things, small gifts, that have lifted my spirits a bit: someone […]
April 29, 2020

Share the Plate Recipients

  Share the Plate Recipient for September and October, 2020 In the months that UCN has been closed due to COVID-19, members and friends have been […]
April 23, 2020

Parson to Person:  More Things to Learn from Children 4-24-20

One of you responded to my last Parson-to-Person column on children’s mis-hearing of things adults say (“Howard be thy name,” for example, instead of “Hallowed be […]
April 21, 2020

Parson to Person: “Howard be thy Name” 4-17-20

I have always been intrigued by the ways children sometimes mis-hear the words to prayers, songs, and sayings (“Howard be thy name” being a misunderstanding of […]
April 14, 2020

Parson to Person: “Why Support a UU Church?”4-10-20

Since we are all still sheltering in place, and since UCN’s pledge drive is still happening, I thought I’d write something about why we give our […]
April 14, 2020

Parson to Person: “Para What? A Gift for the New Year” 12-27-19

As you read this, you may be in a somewhat hectic state: Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, New Year – whatever it is you’re celebrating, and wherever you […]
April 14, 2020

Parson to Person: “On Broken Chandeliers” 11-29-19

I was thinking recently about Stephen Colbert (who used to host “The Colbert Report” and now hosts “The Late Show”). When he was young, he apparently […]
April 14, 2020

Parson To Person:  About the “Spirit of Life” 10-25-19

When the Unitarian Universalist Association published our “Singing the Living Tradition” hymnal in 1993, one of the new hymns that became quite popular right away was […]
April 14, 2020

Parson to Person: “Peace and Unrest” 10-4-19

  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 […]
April 10, 2020

Parson to Person: “Crossword Spirituality?” 4-3-2020

Now that we are mostly “sheltering in place” due to the Corona Virus threat, I’ll bet a few more of us are working on crossword puzzles. […]
March 25, 2020

Parson to Person:  “Believing in Fireflies” 3/25/20

Because we are “sheltering in place” here in Wisconsin (and thus not meeting in person at UCN), we are all probably reading more than usual. Maybe […]
March 24, 2020

Parson to Person “A Different Way to Meet and Greet” 3/20/20

Sunday, March 15th, was UCN’s last “in person” service for a while–our last time to “meet and greet” (if only by touching our elbows!). We don’t […]