Speaker: Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd Senior Minister

Aliens, Encounters, and Rich Guys in Space

Each summer, Rev. Nancy promises a “big science sermon,” and this one has gone to a whole new dimension.  A little bit science, a little bit history, we’ll look at whether first encounters across the barriers of difference could be anything other than the unmitigated disaster stories history often shows them to be.

For Good

What does it mean to be good?  To do good?  What does it mean to choose something “for good” or on behalf of “the greater good?”  This service will playfully and philosophically explore goodness itself – as an aspect of our individual and communal identities.

Meadville Lombard in the Pulpit

This weekend Rev. Nancy will be preaching for us and for her alma mater Meadville Lombard! She will deliver a sermon on “Going to the Well of Living Waters,” based on the Gospel of John 4:1-26.  A special musical guest is Mark Miller, faculty at Drew Theological School, and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. This will … read more

For Those Who Were Here In This Place

This week, we’ll present the results of powerful research we’ve recently into the history of these sacred grounds on which we gather.  What is the story of those who tread this ground before?  How can we claim the fullness of this place’s  legacy with courage and commitment?  How do we honor legacy while holding ourselves … read more

Divine Play

In sacred Hindu scriptures, did you know that all things are created through the playtime of the gods?  Not the intention or the planning or the due diligence – but the sheer ebullient playtime of the holy. What lessons can we take from this story?  From the ways in which play creates something new, just … read more

Stories as Doorways

How do the stories we tell shape the future?  Is it possible that our stories can be portals or gateways into some new reality we haven’t yet created?  Is a story a doorway between one version of the world and the next, and how are we going to choose the stories we tell about this … read more

Trapped in Simple Stories

Human beings are storytelling creatures, but sometimes our stories have a way of getting too simple.  Sometimes we let the conventional telling of a story limit our perceptions of what’s possible.  Can we tell stories about ourselves and our world that are complex, honest and compelling at the same time?