Free for What?

Free for What? by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, November 6, 2016 It can be argued that freedom is at the core of a liberal religious faith such as ours. The words liberal and liberty share a common root, after all. We are about the work of liberation, freeing minds, bodies, and spirits from conditions of imprisonment […]

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Growing a Culture of Hope

Growing a Culture of Hope by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, October 16, 2016 Hope is rising. It is the nature of hope to rise. It lifts our spirits. It buoys us up when despair threatens to drag us down. It gives us a boost when we feel we can’t go on. Hope is the fuel and […]

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Leadership: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, October 9, 2016 These are days of awe .We watch as an awesome force of nature, named hurricane Matthew makes its way up the coast, disrupting lives, displacing people and leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Our hearts go out to those affected, especially […]

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Defying Hatred

Defying Hatred by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, September 25, 2016 The call comes. You are being invited to take part in the first intervention against evil to be undertaken by the denomination to be started immediately overseas. How do you respond? What do you say? If you are Waitstill and Martha Sharp, you say yes. You […]

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Different Rooms

Different Rooms by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, September 18, 2016 I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to your Board of Trustees who spent yesterday together in a retreat. A good portion of the retreat was used to explore and understand the nature of interim ministry in order to get the most out of my […]

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The Wisdom of Uncertainty

The Wisdom of Uncertainty by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, August 14, 2016 For the next few weeks, I am going to preface each sermon with a few remarks about interim ministry. There are five essential tasks for us to accomplish together during my time here: Coming to terms with the past Discovering a new identity Allowing […]

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Saved. Again. And Again. And Again

Saved. Again. And Again. And Again. by Rev. Diane Dowgiert, August 28, 2016 An interim ministry is a time of change and transition, a time when a congregation’s focus turns more inward than some are accustomed to, a necessary and sometimes uncomfortable shift for Unitarian Universalists more used to looking out into our larger world […]

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On Love and Vulnerability, Karen Madrone

One of my favorite movies to watch during the Christmas season is “Love Actually.” It’s a British movie filled with all kinds of hokey stories and totally improbable things happen. Even though I know the outcome, I still shout at the screen and wish people made different choices every time I watch it. One of […]

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There is More Love Somewhere

The following was written by the British poet, Richard Aldington, who as a young man served in the military during WWI. “We pass and leave you lying. No need for rhetoric, for funeral music, for melancholy bugle-calls. No need for tears now, no need for regret. We took our risk with you; you died and […]

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