Author Archives: Rev. Michelle LaGrave

Minister’s Musings

Dear Ones,

June has arrived and so it is time to say a final Good-bye.

Before goodbye was shortened to its current one-word form, the phrase spoken upon parting was “May God be with you.”  While we all have different meanings for the word “God” (a deity, … read more.

Ministerial Musings

Dearest Ones,

Our community ended the last few months of 2017 with much loss.  Four of our members died within the last four months: Jon Baxter, Jane Brooks, Ken Robertson and June Allison.  These losses came on top of multiple serious illnesses and surgeries, the especially … read more.

Ministerial Musings

Dearest Ones,

During a recent discussion after my sermon on Radical Hospitality, we talked about the potential impact that the use of traditional theological words might have on each of us and how sometimes they can feel painful.  I suggested that these kinds of words (sin, … read more.

Ministerial Musings

Dear Ones,

The Touchstones theme for the month of October is Radical Hospitality.  Radical hospitality is a radical welcoming in of the other.  It is not the hospitality of using our best china and serving fine food which the word typically calls to mind.  Rather, radical … read more.

Ministerial Musings

Dearest Ones,

Summer is almost upon us.  It has been a good and full church year, though a few weeks remain.  A new slate of officers has been elected and the transition to new leadership has begun.  It is interesting to me that in many ways … read more.

Ministerial Musings

Dearest Ones,

I open with what some might consider to be a bold statement:  The gift of the spirit resides in all of us.  Yes, all of us.  Whether we consider ourselves to be humanist, atheist, panentheist, agnostic, theist or maybe a little bit of all … read more.

Ministerial Musings

Dearest Ones,

Have you ever been transformed?  Not changed or grown, but transformed?  Can you recall a time when you re-made yourself into something new?  Change and growth is necessary to all of us; we have all changed and grown over time.  But transformation is something … read more.