Transparency, Trust & Covid Exposure

For as many times as we have said to ourselves, the pandemic is not over; and despite the ways we continue to make adjustments and sacrifices to reduce the risk of virus transmission, many of us still have the sense that given our vaccination status and the high rates of vaccinations among those we interact […]

What’s the big deal?

Sunday was a big deal. After 18 months of Sundays only online, we followed up our Water Communion Sunday by re-starting in-person services at 8:30 in the Sanctuary and 10:00 in the park, all while continuing full force with our online services at 9 and 11. All four services were perfect. And of course, by “perfect” I don’t mean we […]

What it means to gather (Find your small group!)

One thing we kept hearing at Water Communion was how much people had missed the power of gathering in community.  Gathering – whether in-person or online – is an essential part of our faith. In gathering, we each are seen, heard, and held. We are reminded that we are never alone. Which is why we […]

The Online Auction Catalog is Live!

Are We There Yet? The Online Auction Catalog is LIVE!  The auction is one of Foothills’ essential fundraisers (and one of our most fun events of the year!) Here’s how to participate: Step One: Map Out Your Strategy! Go to foothillsuu.org/auction2021 to steer through our many generous, creative donations from local businesses and your fellow Foothills folks. Registering to participate in […]

It’s Finally Happening! We’re returning to in-person!

Guess what! We’re returning to in-person Sunday services in the next few weeks!! It’s finally happening! We kick it off with Water Communion on Sunday, September 19th – I made this little video with more info….maybe you’ll recognize the music 😉  https://youtu.be/g10JZPi1ttI Over the next few weeks, we invite everyone to re-build a habit of joining together on […]

Rage & Goodness at Our Local School Board Meetings

Last Sunday, Rev. Karen talked about finding ways to interact with someone whose values directly contradict your own. Hold yourself loosely, she said. Practice curiosity. If you missed the incredibly rich conversation Rev. Karen had with Rev. Elaine last Sunday, be sure to check it out on our re-vamped Foothills podcast (also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify). Rev. Karen’s wisdom has been especially helpful […]

The Annual Auction: Are We There, Yet?

There are no “them” in our church. Our church is 100% “us.” Everything we do is supported financially by the people of Foothills, from our justice work to our community service, from teaching children to embrace progressive values to offering transformative programs for adults. We do things this way because it allows our budget to reflects our […]

The Angry-Tired Stage

My kids reached the angry stage of tired this morning. Facing their fourth day in a row of in-person school after such a long time with online or reduced-in-person since March 2020 they were exhausted. When they were toddlers, they would’ve been throwing wild tantrums. As teenagers, it’s more like sulky stares and irritated groans.    I’m […]

The Future is Fluid

Dear Ones,  With the COVID-19 landscape changing rapidly, we’re making some important changes. Please check out my video below to learn about these changes – and the why behind them. If you prefer to read my message, please continue to the text below the video. If you do watch the video, please still scroll down […]

Making Space for Vulnerability

Did you catch the photo that captured a fleeting look of anguish crossing Simone Biles’ (the reigning gold medalist) face right before she bravely withdrew from the gymnastics team final?  When I saw it, it took my breath away.  I know that look.   Don’t we all? Haven’t all of us at one time, or maybe a lot of times, […]