Minister’s Blog

Welcome the Stranger

Scott J. Neely

August 15, 2019

Hospitality is an ancient and vital practice. We all come from somewhere else. How wonderful, when we are welcomed into a community where once we did not belong.

Thank you, every one, who bids the stranger enter into our congregation each week. What you do is felt. And I have the pleasure to hear the most wonderful stories from those who have received your welcome.

Thank you all–


The Rainforest Trust

Scott J. Neely

August 8, 2019

This summer, our children engaged in research and discussion to determine our Share the Plate recipient for the month of August.

They chose the Rainforest Trust, an international conservancy that protects over 20 million acres worldwide. This land provides refuge for more than 65% of the world’s bird species, more than 41% of all mammal species, and more than 25% of all amphibian species.

This Sunday, let us give in support of the vibrancy of life on our shared planet,

in support of those who work to protect it,

and in praise of our children with the courage to summon us all to a global vision.