Rev. Rod Richards

My Pledge to You

We often talk about a pledge to the church or the congregation as if it were some separate organization from us. But our pledges are really pledges to one another: all we who gather, along with those who came before us, and those who have … read more.

The Work of the World

“The work of the world is common as mud. Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust. But the thing worth doing well done has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident. .. The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work … read more.

Puzzle Pals

Puzzle Pals launches today and it strikes me that it just may provide some helpful insights into how we work as a congregation every day of the year.

Spectator Spirituality

It is all too easy for me to sometimes treat spirituality as a spectator sport; to learn about it rather than to nurture it within my own life.

Holding On and Letting Go

Mary Oliver writes, “To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones, knowing your own life depends on it; and when the time comes to let it go, to let … read more.

Money Talks

We have heard that money talks, but what exactly is it saying? If we listen closely–in our own lives; in our culture; in the wider world–what do we hear?

The Time Has Come

The time has come,” the Minister said, “To talk of many things: A place called Transylvania– And open-minded kings– And why an edict has import– And just how freedom ‘rings.’”

Understanding Whiteness: What’s Next?

Our cultural language uses “white” as a default and describes others by how they differ.  But what exactly do we mean by “white”? What happens if we try to describe “whiteness” itself?

Christmas Courage

Services will be held at 10am and 6pm. All is calm. All is bright. But only for moments. The Christmas story is also one of upheaval, fear, insecurity, risk, and courage in the face of danger and desperation…and that courage can provide comfort, too.