Michelle LaGrave is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Decatur, Illinois. She likes to read mysteries, swim, do puzzles and camp; though not all at the same time. She shares her home with her spouse, cats and service dog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.