message archive (Page 2)

message archive (Page 2)

Wild & Precious Life

During our annual Wild and Precious Life service, we ask WellSpringers from various decades of life to come up and answer the question posed in the Mary Oliver poem, “The Summer Day” – Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Here are their answers…

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.

There You Are

Rev. Lee begins by sharing some very sweet photos from Halloween to “give us a win,” in a week of otherwise challenging news. To introduce this new message series, Loving (Even) This World, Rev. Lee talks about what it means to try to find the good in exactly the kinds of things that can make our lives difficult.

The Idol of Busy

In today’s message, Rev. Lee talks about the tendency for us to look upon moments of rest as indulgence, rather than a necessary part of life. She shares a parable about a fisherman and a business executive meeting, and talking about their daily schedules.

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 Fame

In Today’s message, Rodney Whittenberg shares stories about what it means to want to be famous, and what it means to achieve a bit of fame. Why do we look up to the famous, and what can we learn from them?

The Idol of Purity

Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen talks today about how differences of religious practice have shaped our lives, especially today in America.

The Idol of Wealth

Rev. Lee introduced our new American Idols series with a story about the “Idol” of wealth. She shares a story about a real estate investor who chooses to overlook the opportunity for making vast profits, and instead focuses on building up a community of committed neighbors.

WellCome Back Sunday

Rev. Lee and Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen, have organized a special blessing and “refreshing” for us this week. Congregants were invited to bring in a house plant and to let the congregation offer the plants a little boost.

Moving to Action

In today’s message, Rev. Lee sits down with local DEI advocate, Brandyn Campbell to speak about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially as it relates to young people, and in schools.

The Dialogue Institute

Lay Preacher Rodney Whittenberg speaks with fellow WellSpringer, Majid Alsayegh, as well as David Kruger from The Dialogue Institute about the importance of interfaith cooperation and understanding.