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Did you know your group or congregation can hire me to speak or preach?

I will be including here some introductions and descriptions of sermons and topics I’ve presented in the past or would be interested in addressing in the future.

Particulars:

  • Graduated in the 1970’s from Wheaton College, IL. Later attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. I did two years of academic studies as well as a pastoral internship. I did not become a minister. As an adult I have been an active member within United Methodist, United Church of Christ, and Unitarian Universalist congregations.

  • Public Speaking: I spoke in various public service organizations in Racine County when I wrote for the Racine Journal Times. 

  • I have been active in MayaWorks, a Guatemalan/North American Fair Trade organization. I spoke often about Fair Trade and how North Americans can better understand and support our fellow humans in developing nations. 

  • I have been passionate about simple life and purposeful frugality most of my life. I am looking forward to speaking about how I think “Less is More.”

  • Please CLICK HERE to inquire about having me preach at your church (or speak at an event).

Where & What is Beauty?

This was this last Sunday’s service in the United Unitarian Universalist congregation in my town.  This was entirely written by five of us - the “United We Writers.” I told friends that I would post this on my website. The service was wonderfully received.

"No Felons Here"

I preached this sermon at United Unitarian Universalist /23/2019.

The photo is of the sanctuary of Grace United Methodist in Chicago. It's the church in which Len and I met and then married. We happened to be driving by earlier this year on a Sunday morning. They were voting that day on what to do with their building. I took this single picture with my phone, capturing the affection we all feel for our friends and fellow-journeyers in our congregations. 

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Journey to Happiness

(I preached this sermon at my church, United Unitarian Universalist, in Waukesha. 3/3/2019)

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One day a young Buddhist on her journey to find True Happiness, came to the banks of a wide river. Staring at the great obstacle in front of her, she pondered and pondered how to cross such a wide and mighty barrier.

  Just as she was about to give up, she saw a Great Teacher on the other side of the river. The young Buddhist yelled over to the Teacher, "Oh Wise One, can you tell me how to get to the other side of this river?”

Sermon - Courage / Roses on the Columbia

While on the space shuttle Columbia, which would explode during reentry a few days later, astronaut Laurel Clark wrote some emails to family and friends.

This is from one of them: Subject: Hello from 150 NM above the Earth

Sermon - "Why do we attend church? Um, I can't remember."

“Why do we attend church? Um, I can’t remember.”

There are so many reasons to not belong to or attend church - even liberal Unitarian Universalist churches.

Sermon - The Story of Ruth & Naomi / Who We Welcome is Who We Are

I have liked the Old Testament story of Ruth ever since I was a kid. But in seminary, when I learned it is not an “Aww Shucks, Ma’am” cowboy romance, I started liking it even more. The story of Ruth is not the particular romance of Ruth and Boaz. It IS a story of dangerous poverty, racism, and sexism – and what happened when good adults welcomed each other in an unsafe place and time.

In case you were not raised drenched in Hebrew or Christian stories (I can’t riff on Star Wars…) – let me retell the tale of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz.

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