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 […]

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 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, […]

Affirming Our Promises (and Open House Pictures!)

Seeing so many of you at the Open House on Sunday was like our before times coffee hour except on steroids! It was beautiful, energizing, intense, exhausting, healing, and hopeful. I especially loved the chance to give about 40 or so newcomers a tour of the buildings and to see many of you for the […]

Open House Invitation

I have news that in the before times wouldn’t have been newsworthy at all: this Sunday, I’ll be at the church building! And so will Rev. Sean, Rev. Elaine, most of our staff, and a bunch of our lay leaders!  See, before COVID, this was definitely not a big deal. Ministers showing up at the church building on […]