Speaker: Dan Miyake

“How Good Do We Really Have To Be?”

Nobody likes to make mistakes, large or small, but making mistakes is part of what it means to be human. Mistakes make us feel bad. They can be embarrassing, and even humiliating, and can hurt other people’s feelings. How can we escape the guilt and shame of not reaching our visions of perfection, either in ourselves … Continue reading “How Good Do We Really Have To Be?”

“Transgender Day of Remembrance”

This service is in recognition of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, or TDOR, which was first held in 1999. That initial observance was a vigil held in response to the tragic 1998 murder of Rita Hester, an outspoken transgender woman from Boston. It also commemorated all those who were killed due to anti-transgender violence and … Continue reading “Transgender Day of Remembrance”

“The Grace of Acceptance”

Everyone has an innate need to feel accepted. When we experience the grace of acceptance, it is as if space opens up for us to live into our potential without having to live under the shadow of judgment, misunderstanding, micro-aggression, or fear. For LGBTQ people, being fully accepted (rather than just tolerated) is a critical … Continue reading “The Grace of Acceptance”

“Rosh Hashanah and the Stinky Kishke”

Considered the “Jewish New Year”, Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days. This is a time of reflection, introspection for reviewing the past year, identifying ways we have harmed others, made mistakes, not lived up to our own expectations and commitments, or other ways that we have failed to live up … Continue reading “Rosh Hashanah and the Stinky Kishke”

“In-gathering and Water Communion”

Each year, we look forward to coming together as a church community after our busy summer adventures. We come together to renew our relationships, to share our experiences, and to join one another in anticipation of the many exciting possibilities of the coming church year. It is, indeed, a Gathering of Spirits. Only, this year, … Continue reading “In-gathering and Water Communion”

“Forgiveness – The Art of Letting Go”

Forgiveness is often seen as something to be sought externally from God or others for some misdeed or sin we have committed, but we rarely consider how, by forgiving others, we liberate ourselves from the hot burning coals of anger, rage, resentment, and pain that we carry inside. Come and explore how we can begin … Continue reading “Forgiveness – The Art of Letting Go”