January 29, 2023
Many of you have probably noticed that we have been getting more families with children here at UCN. (Which is exactly what we were hoping for when we revamped our Sunday School...
July 6, 2022
As I watched UCN folks clear the sanctuary for the laying of the new carpet (thank you, thank you!), I thought about a few typos from church bulletins that I […]
May 31, 2022
The African-American preacher and author, the Rev. William Sloan Coffin, once said: “We don’t have to be ‘successful,’ only valuable. We don’t have to make money, only a difference…” Yet […]
March 30, 2022
My birthday is March 31st–the day before April Fool’s Day. In fact, when someone asks me when my birthday is, I usually say “the day before April Fool’s”–since it’s a […]
March 8, 2022
Just over a week ago was Ash Wednesday, a day I remember as a time to be humble. The priest would put ashes on people's...
February 1, 2022
Some of you may remember my sermon on "The God I Believe In" (delivered on December 12, 2021). In it I referred to a Jewish concept--"tikkun olam," which means "repair of the world."...
January 4, 2022
Every once in a while I have shared actual typos from church newsletters and bulletins in my Northliner column. Not all of them are technically typographical, of course--some are simply words...
December 7, 2021
By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will have come and gone. But, since it’s important to give thanks on more than one day a year, I thought I’d include […]
November 23, 2021
Normally I write a Parson to Person column to be printed on the last Friday of one month, and the first Friday of the month following. But since the last […]
November 8, 2021
In last week’s “Parson to Person” I wrote about my visit with my family in the Seattle area, and how we “overcame” political disputes with games and small talk. There […]
November 2, 2021
Last week I came back from 4 days of vacation with my siblings at a family reunion in the Seattle area. This was our first reunion without my sister Alice […]
September 28, 2021
Since we’ve been doing a series of Sunday services on our 8 UU principles, I thought I’d use this column to give a few examples of how they influence me […]
September 1, 2021
“A Few More Thoughts on Our First UU Principle” OR “The Dorothys in Our Lives” Starting in August, I began a series of sermons on our eight UU principles. Although […]
August 3, 2021
Now that we are holding in-church services, and UCN is looking at new/old ways to reach out to the wider community, I thought I’d bring up an issue that has […]
July 16, 2021
Those of you who regularly read this Parson to Person column (otherwise known as p2p) may have noticed that I haven’t written a column for a couple weeks. As you […]