New Ministry!

I’ve started a new ministry with two other Unitarian Universalist colleagues, the Rev. Lori Hlaban and the Rev. Elizabeth Marsh. It is a professional network on a website—- serving individuals who want to have commitment ceremonies or weddings. Our website is:

If you are a fellow UU colleague who is fellowshipped and ordained, we would welcome you joining us! Please check us out and pass around our link to those who might be interested!


Reading Update

Below is a selection of books I read for my upcoming sermon 2.21.2010. This sermon was a auction item at my church’s fundraiser last year. Perhaps you’ll win the next one?


Grandin, Temple and Johnson, Catherine. Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Possible Life for Animals. (Boston & NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 2009.

Grogan, John. Marley and Me: Life with the World’s Worst Dog. (NY, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2005.

Myron, Vicki with Witter, Bret. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World. (NY & Boston: Grand Central Publishing), 2008.

Noyes, Deborah. One Kingdom: Our Lives With Animals: The Human-Animal Bond In Myth, History, Science, and Story.  (NY: Houghton Mifflin), 2006.

Payne, Katy. Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants. (NY: Penguin Books), 1998.

Rose, Elizabeth. For the Love of A Dog. (NY: Harmony Books), 2001.

Sutherland, Amy. What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and their Trainers. (NY: Random House), 2008.


Hi Readers.

My sermons have been updated to be current to 1-17-2010. Thanks for reading.

Summer Reading List

This summer, I’m catching up on my reading. I think this year has been the first year where there has not been as much reading in my life as I’m used to. This list is my summer reading list. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments. What’s the best book you’ve read in a long time?

A Prophetic Imagination, Walter Bruggeman

The Watchmen (yes the graphic novel)

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World, Ronald A. Heifetz

The Art of Governance, Dan Hotchkiss

Why We Love: the Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love, Helen Fisher

A Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society, Bruce Bawer

Experiencing the Enneagram, Richard Rohr and others

The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels, Thomas Cahill

People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil, M. Scott Peck

Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, John Shelby Spong

The Art of Blessing the Day: Poems with a Jewish Theme, Marge Piercy


I’ve had a lot of requests for my sermons lately, so I will attempt to be more consistent about posting them regularly. Don’t be surprised if you find the same themes and concepts running through them—the same ideas often run through my head with new stories attached over and over. Enjoy! We’re working on podcasting next.

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