Preaching at MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2015

Preaching at MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2015


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Sample Sermons:

Remembering Life’s Grace and Goodness (sermon begins at 28.26)

Living the Best Vision of Ourselves (sermon begins at 38.48)

LGBTQ Pride (sermon begins at 22.12)

Farewell Sermon:

The Mysterious Us (related story and sermon begins at 37.45)

Addressing the press in support of Marital Equality in Iowa City, 2009

Addressing the press in support of Marital Equality in Iowa City, 2009

In the News

DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church received the 2019 Breakthrough Congregation designation for the Smile Project. This project was created and implemented by the Social Justice Committee, members of DUUC, and myself in collaboration with the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance. This project took two years of hard work, and in the end we were able to provide summer internship/mentoring for youth of color in DuPage County.

In the summer of 2018 I opened DuPage UU Church to the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, Florida) as they began their cross-country tour. Our church youth were able to spend time discussing issues with the students prior to the public event. We were the host site for the anti-gun violence forum these students created, which included youth of color from Chicago as well as local high school students.

The forum received news coverage in the UU World and the local newspaper.

The church has also received news coverage for programming I’ve brought in, including The Jesus Seminar.

My interfaith work also increases the visibility of Unitarian Universalism in the community.

Other Media Connections

I have relationships with many different Humanist organizations, including the United Coalition of Reason.

A long-time supporter LGBTQ rights, I eagerly embrace opportunities to champion those rights. While in Cedar Rapids, I frequently lobbied for marital equality at the State Capitol and gave public witness across the State through my work with One Iowa. While at DuPage UU Church, I have co-created community forums that foster increased understanding of the LGBTQ community.

I am a known advocate for medical marijuana.

After the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I and other religious and civic leaders spoke at an observance hosted by our local synagogue. (My remarks begin at 22.26.)

As a Unitarian Unitarian minister, I feel strongly called to facilitate civil dialogue on difficult issues. While serving the congregation in Cedar Rapids and as a member of the Board of the Inter Religious Council of Linn County, I co-produced and co-moderated Ethical Perspectives on the News, broadcast by the local ABC affiliate. I selected the topics and the panelists for the show. Topics included: private or public aid for the poor; exploring the need for gun control; civil rights in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor; and religious views on reproductive rights.