Pastor’s Post 3/4/2019: Sharing in discussion and service

U.S. postage stamp, commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Pony Express

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! I had a very good time this past weekend, with the fellowship and with my family.

While we’re still challenged in some aspects of organization, there’s a lot going on with DUUF that we should all be thankful for.

For example, since we’re more like a covenant group than a congregation, we can have book discussions. In fact, we’ve had a successful run, over the last two years, of Heart to Heart: Fourteen Gatherings for Reflection and Sharing, by Christine Robinson and Alicia Hawkins. Published by Skinner House Books, it includes resources for gatherings on topics such as forgiveness, loss, nature, money, and friendship. We discussed the final topic, Endings, yesterday.

So it should come as no surprise that we’ve unanimously decided to pick up the sequel and start on it. Soul to Soul: Fourteen Gatherings for Reflection and Sharing, also by Robinson and Kawkins, provides for additional gatherings for small groups of spiritual sharing. It covers wide-ranging topics such as addiction, grieving and personal resilience. Dave Lever, a Chemistry Professor, will be kicking it off on Sunday, March 17 with a discussion on the topic of trust–kind of a sequel to his leading our discussion of doubt from the first book, back in January.


At the end of this week, I head out, with a team of OWU students, to Rosebud Lakota tribal lands in South Dakota to learn and serve. I’ll be sharing stories and reflections with the fellowship on Sunday, March 31. Hope to see you then!