• 21 April Minister Moment - News comes from the Czech Republic — this year is the 95th anniversary of the Unitarian ritual called the Flower Communion. Back in 1922, when the country of Czechoslovakia was still newly independent, the Unitarian Church in Prague was led by Norbert Capek, who had found Unitarianism while living in New Jersey, and also married … Continued
  • 14 April Minister Moment - Today is Good Friday: the day Jesus was executed by the Roman occupiers of Judea. In the two thousand years since then, governments have developed even more cruel ways of ending lives. In recent years we have a concept of humane execution. Just this week the debate raged over proper chemicals to execute eight prisoners … Continued
  • 7 April Minister’s Moment - Our church has been transformed!! Come tomorrow at 8 AM it will be full of folks buying up treasures, but tonight, the clothing, the glassware, the chairs sit quietly waiting. Set your alarm: it’s good stuff! If you have been following our sorters on Facebook, you have seen some of the finds that will be for … Continued
  • 24 March Minister’s Moment - Snowdrops. Snowdrops, also called Galanthus, are tiny flowers…  white and green, they look like a sort of drop of water-snow that has broken open. Really, compared with Azaleas, they are completely insignificant. Compared with Crepe Myrtles the blooms don’t last at all, and being only about one inch above the snow, they are hard to … Continued
  • 17 March Minister’s Moment - Minister moment – March 17, 2017 Friends, I need your advice. I’m working on the Easter Sunday service (April 16), which will be about the Gospel of Thomas, the Fifth Gospel. The service will explore our links to the founder of Christianity, Jesus of Nazareth. So here’s where I need some advice. Consider this statement: Being an inclusive … Continued
  • 10 March Minister’s Moment - Spring Forward! The times, they are a-changin’. This is the Second Sunday in March, which means we will be collecting money for charitable work– this month it is for sandwich maker supplies. And also, we will meet closer to sunrise… the clocks “spring forward” at 2 AM. Of course, nature is also planning to dump … Continued
  • 03 March Minister’s Moment -   THEME CHANGE — Welcome to March, welcome to Lent, welcome to what seems like springtime. Welcome to LIGHT. Our theme for February was “PLAY” and how did we do? Each Friday night we had a different activity, from a potluck to karaoke, Scrabble™ and a night of African Dance in there too. We chased … Continued
  • 24 February Minister’s Moment -   “I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” (via WikiQuote) These words are from a century ago, by Edward Everett Hale, an innovative observer of … Continued
  • 10 February Minister’s Moment - It has been a very busy week! Plenty of ministry within our Unitarian Church of Norfolk and beyond our walls. I’ve learned some new skills and met new people. Here’s a quick run-down. OUTSIDE: We start with a celebration of a new building. Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists (WUU) celebrated the opening of their new Religious Education … Continued
  • 03 February Minister’s Moment - This week I thought about the Boy Scouts of America, an organization I was once part of. The New York Times headline said “Welcoming Transgender Boy Scouts” and explained “Instead of accepting only boys whose birth certificates list their gender as male, the organization will now welcome boys who identify as such in an application … Continued