Leslie's Blog

The Ways We Come Together

What a week this has been? As I write this, I am still a little sticky from finishing putting some dishes in the sterilizer after the performance of “The Ugly Duckling” that ended our children’s camp. Director of Religious Education Marena McGregor did an outstanding job writing a script and then organizing a camp in…
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The Longest Day

This week we will experience the Summer Solstice, the day with the longest number of daylight hours. Today as I write this we have almost 15 hours of daylight with first light just after 5 am and last light trailing 9 pm. How will you mark this natural occurrence which on this year also coincides…
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Leslie’s Logos — June 2024

Recently, our congregation was asked to consider putting some extra effort into the Winter Nights program for families living without housing. We were asked to do so, Rev. Rodney informed me, because three of the participating churches have closed their doors and others are having trouble with volunteers.  I celebrate that we are in a…
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Seeding Commitments

This weekend I will have the honor of officiating the marriage of two of our members who met through our young adult group and who decided to get married in the Chapel Memorial Redwood Grove. They will stand in our Sanctuary and exchange their vows in a family ceremony and that will be a good…
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Legacy Is The Remainder

May is the month when we gather with those who have let us know that they intend to leave a Legacy gift to the congregation (and some who already have). These intentions and gifts are so critical to maintaining the vitality of our congregation in these times in which the younger generations are facing scarcer…
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Blue Boat Home?

Last Saturday I was delighted to stroll through the Earth Day gathering at Civic Park in Walnut Creek and to see the enthusiasm and commitment of the event which was made possible by the innovation of our member Bob Joe. And then the news cycle of this week hit. The news of the strikes in…
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On gratitude and imperfection

This week I have been reminded of how important it is for me to be grateful for things that aren’t always perfect. Conversations with some in our shared faith community have reminded me of that and also just the details of my mundane daily life. For example, I generally swim twice a week, so I…
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Commitments of the Spirit

This morning I did not want to swim. Though I look forward to my twice-a-week, early morning ventures into the pool, this morning it was cold, and I was feeling pretty tired. I could think of a million reasons why it didn’t make sense to go and yet it was one of the things that…
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Leslie’s Logos – April 2024

The conversations I have on the edges of my life often are reminders of all the gifts I experience. Recently I was in a meeting outside of my MDUUC role and someone remarked that they wished they had a way to put their values in to action. They went on to say that while they…
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Having A Good Discussion

Following last week’s Fellowship Dinner, I have been reflecting on the value of a conversation. To have the chance to talk about matters of importance with other people who also value deep inquiry is such a gift. As the design of last week’s “Conversation Menu” was developing, I reconnected with the work of author and…
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Leslie’s Logos – March 2024

On my daily walks, I note how hard it is for people to connect. To even meet one’s eyes or return a greeting. The ubiquitous white stems emerging from people’s ears contribute to this as does a growing sense that connection is burden. About half return my greetings, and about half do not. As I…
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