Speaker: Rev. Stefan Jonasson

The Marvel of an Ordinary Life

There was a time in my life when I dreamed of fame and fortune, before realizing that I would rather be known well by a few than by a multitude, and that material excess can weigh you down – but not before I wasted too much … read more.

The Great Asymmetry

Following the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, Stephen Jay Gould wrote that “good and kind people outnumber all others by thousands to one,” despite our mistaken perception that decency and depravity are found in more equal measure. He called the preponderance of … read more.

Surprised by Joy 

“Life is a series of surprises,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson, and this certainly seems to be true. While it’s also common to hear people, especially bosses and spouses, say, “I don’t like surprises,” I’ve been surprised by joy so often that I relish the surprises … read more.

The Ideal Church and Other Mythical Places

Sometimes religion is like romance. We idealize our religious communities and then find ourselves deeply disappointed when they fail to measure up to the ideals we have projected onto them. While church may be one of the places where we nurture our highest ideals, expecting … read more.

Between the Pages, Along the Margins

It’s sometimes surprising what you’ll find tucked between the pages or scribbled in the margins of an old book. While “clean” copies of books are considered the most valuable by used booksellers and their customers, many of the used books I cherish most are the … read more.

Freedom To: Maturity in Religion

Henry Nelson Wieman, one of the 20th century’s leading theologians, and a Unitarian Universalist, saw creativity in community at the heart of a liberating religion. In Creative Freedom, he explored mistaken ideas of freedom, inadequate goals of religious liberals, and the possibilities of creative interchange … read more.

A Place to Call Home

In his book Walden, Henry David Thoreau mentions the word “house” 266 times and the word “home” 57 times – and most of the time he seems to consider a house to be a burden, warning that one might sometimes wonder whether a person owns a … read more.

Pilgrims on the Emmaus Road

This Easter Sunday, please join us for a service led by Rev. Stefan Jonasson. He will talk to us about some of the Easter stories and myths in the New Testament and what wisdom they can offer us.

The Choir will sing.

Service Coordinator: Jill Moats

Sermon Video

Pilgrims on … read more.

Navigating the Unknown

“There is no comfort or sanity except in trusting; no peace but in believing,” according to Charles G. Ames. “We must walk by faith and not by sight. For always the unknown must be more than the known…” How can we summon trust when we … read more.