Thoughts

Waiting for Life to get back to normal

“Waiting for Life to get back to normal.” I heard this phrase recently and it resonated with my feelings—this really captures how I have been feeling. I suspect that I’m not alone in this sentiment. It seems that any semblance of normalcy has retreated far away from my daily experiences. It is difficult to begin … Continued

Don’t skip the sad parts…..

There’s a lot to be upset about these days. There’s a lot to be angry about. …..outraged.. ….livid….. ..and….viscerally upset. I’m a relatively slow processor of the events of life.  I tend to be slow to form my reaction to life’s twists and turns.  Sometimes this is beneficial—other times not. I’m reacting slowly to the … Continued

Charlottesville

My reactions to last weekend’s violence and displays of hatred in Charlottesville, Virginia was both visceral and emotional. When fear is promoted—anger grows.  When anger is tolerated—violence erupts.  When violence is accepted as necessary—deaths occur.  When deaths are seen as unfortunate collateral damage of a greater cause—what will happen to us? My minister/teacher in Massachusetts … Continued

Maintenance and Growth

There is a dilemma for some of us in trying to get balance in our lives between the regular chores we need to do to keep our status quo going (shopping, cleaning, bathing, cooking, appointments, emails, Facebook) and our desire to work on our dreams (learning a new skill, writing a book, reading poetry, learning … Continued

Joy

While this is my 2nd post related to Joy, I believe this is an era where repetition of a healthy life prescription is valuable. So, here are a few more thoughts on the healing and essential role of Joy in our lives: If we pay attention and are present, the Universe is constantly providing us with hints and … Continued

Being Aware

The Adult RE class in January was advertised as “…we need to come together as a community to act on our Principles and heal together. What does that mean for each of us? For our Fellowship? What will you do? What will we do?” We had almost 40 people attend our meeting in the Gallery.  … Continued

Miracles & Joy

In our Christmas Eve service, I talked about miracles of the holiday (audio recording Here), but I wanted to expand on the subject a bit. I believe in miracles. Each day is a miracle—as each moment. I believe each one of you is a miracle. I believe everything is holy. I believe we are part … Continued

Being Tested

The election results of Tuesday November 8th have revealed what a lot of us didn’t know:  our country is pretty much evenly split in our political, social, and cultural views.  And while the two views have some commonality, their differences are startling.  As a country and as religious people, we are being tested.  The actions … Continued

Post-Truth

This is from a “Welcome” part of our service from Sunday December 4, 2016 and it captures what a lot of us are struggling with lately. We’ll explore “Post-Truth” from a religious perspective in a service on Sunday December 18, 2016. Welcome message 12/4/16 I’m Russ Menk the minister serving this liberal progressive congregation. What … Continued

Remaining Calm—or Not

So much of life is about balance. It’s about acting or not acting in the best way at the best time in the best manner to suit the situation. This makes living a good life consistently very challenging. Too often we don’t have time to analyze the situation or perform a cost/benefit analysis of the … Continued