June 13, 2018

Theme: Why are We Afraid? The Winds and Waves of Race and Privilege 

An honor: We (The Wisconsin Conference) are hosting General Synod (the UCC national gathering) in 2019.  The meeting will take place June 21-25, 2019 in Milwaukee.  Because of this, the Wisconsin Conf...

June 1, 2018

As I head toward retirement and the future God has in mind for me - and as I think about leaving you to find your new future, the text we read on Pentecost Sunday comes to mind.  As Jesus’ disciples waited for “what was coming next” the Holy Spirit descended upon them....

May 3, 2018

On Friday May 25th, I will be participating in the CHAT (Community Health Action Team) PLUNGE on the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on youth, our workforce, and on our community.

ACEs are traumatic events that happen in youth that can hav...

May 3, 2018

Ignite Your Fire, Feed Your Soul, Build Your Faith... In Nature's Sanctuary

  • Had a great time at our Moon Beach winter Retreat?

  • Missed it but would have loved to go?

  • Want to go now that the weather has finally gotten warmer?

  • Looking for a great time fo...

March 28, 2018

Easter is the day we celebrate the resurrection.  It is the day we remind ourselves that with resurrection everything changes.

As much as we like to make analogies for the resurrection – bulbs to flowers; seeds to apple trees; cocoons to butterflies - resurrection is no...

February 26, 2018

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Ash Wednesday) we began the season we call LENT. 

So what is LENT?  And why do we “Do Lent” every year? 

Lent is a time that calls us to take an honest look at ourselves in terms of who we are, why we are, and where we are on our jou...

December 23, 2017

As I write this post, Christmas is almost upon us and the church is already making plans for the new year.  But before we move too quickly it is a good idea to reflect a bit on the One whose birthday we celebrate. 

The ministry of Jesus was not about buildings and...

December 23, 2017

The Saturday after Thanksgiving I headed south (from St. Louis) to Biloxi, Mississippi for a Mission trip.  Back Bay is a UCC affiliated Mission that seeks to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives. For ninety years Back Bay has served the people o...

November 11, 2017

Many of you are probably aware of the #metoo Twitter campaign.  The sexual escapades of Harvey Weinstein have brought to light the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault - particularly against women - a problem that has been in the shadows for a very long tome. Wo...

September 26, 2017

 Get Acquainted with the Bible Retreat - September 2017

So what do you do at a "Bible" retreat?

Do crosswords and word searches and arrange books of the Bible blocks to get us familiar with the Books of the Bible.

Play silly games.

Talk about the Bible as a lens through wh...