Messages by Beth Monhollen
God is Change
In today’s service, our Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen, tells us about some lessons she learned from her father (a chaos muppet). She also talks about the importance of making plans (like an order muppet), so that, ironically, we can be prepared for when those plans fall apart. She ends by leading the congregation through an activity where we consider how our congregation is interconnected.
To open our Muppet Theory of Everything message series, Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen shares some creation stories, and gets a little (or a lot of) help from our younger friends!
What Would Mary do? Easter Sunday Message
Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen, shares with us a message about Mary Magdelene, and how her works would be viewed today. She also talks about trans women of color, and how Jesus and Mary Magdelene would have worked for their inclusion and acceptance.
What Would Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Do?
To introduce our new message series, “What Would [___] Do?” Beth Monhollen talks about Frances Ellen Watkins harper: an abolitionist, suffragist, author, poet, and so much more.
Threads of Purpose
Today, Beth Monhollen speaks with two guests. Steve Waldman talks about his volunteer work as chief engineer with a local fire department, and Majid Alsayegh talks about his work in interfaith connection, especially in the Middle East.
Consider the Lilies
In today’s message, Beth Monhollen speaks with WellSpringer, Matthew, about his work as a translator. Matthew shares his experiences working in this field as a freelancer, and speaks about the challenges and joys of his work. To close, Matthew and Beth share a prayer in 5 different languages.
Ingredients for Making a Life
Today, Beth Monhollen takes us through the ingredients for making a life, beginning with a bit of playful remembering about what we wanted to be when we grew up.
New Year’s Day Service
For today’s message, Beth Monhollen talks about the practice of NOT making a New Year’s Resolution. She also invites everyone to take a small paper suitcase to follow a new tradition.
Caring for Each Other
Today, Beth Monhollen shares a message about what it means to be in a situation where you can love others, while also realizing that you can no longer maintain a relationship with them.
Our Annual Remembrance Service
Today is our annual Remembrance Service, where we ask congregants to bring in photos and other remembrances from lost loved ones. We also hear from Beth about her travels to Mexico, and witnessing many Dia de Muertos traditions.
The Idol of Whiteness
Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen, shares a story about growing up and attending a school where most of the students were black, while she herself is white. She also shares a personal story about a time her husband felt singled out because of his race, and how she regretted her initial response to his discomfort.
The Idol of Purity
Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen talks today about how differences of religious practice have shaped our lives, especially today in America.