Speaker: Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd Senior Minister

The Most Beautiful Stories

Margaret Atwood once wrote that “when you are in the middle of a story, it isn’t a story at all, but a confusion.” Yet, out of the confusion, eventually the most important stories do get told. What are the stories we will tell of these … read more.

Becoming Undone

Surely “undone” often means something like “falling apart.” But what if we could embrace what it means to truly be un-done, unfinished, and incomplete? 

What Matters Now

Crisis has a way of shifting our priorities, resetting the playing board, and demanding that we reconsider what matters most. Is there anything you’re letting go of these days? What essential re-focusing is taking place in your heart and in our world?

The Wild Edge of Sorrow

Here in the height of Spring, as new possibilities arise amidst such sorrow, we’ll think about the wild, emerging, growing edge of life informed by that sorrow.  How do our sorrows shape us in powerful and sometimes beautiful ways?

Retreat and Refuge

Tara Brach, our amazing partner in faith here at River Road, writes of what it takes to find true refuge in complicated times. How is refuge different than retreat? What place of refuge can we make inside our hearts?

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Life Off Balance

In these anxious times, it can feel like the elusive promised land is something like “balance.” Balance between commitments. Balance upon the tightrope of life.  Balance of mind, body and spirit. Yet even the most balanced among us are making constant adjustments to maintain that … read more.

Truth and Meaning-Making

Is there a difference between the truth you can always count on and the meaning you make along the way? Which is more important, and in what can sometimes feel like a post-truth world, how can we reclaim some truths we can trust?

Pro Bono

We live in a quid pro quo world, but how might our ideals call us to live in pro bono world, where our relationships aren’t caught up in transaction and exchange when it matters most?

With both the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland … read more.

Tr[us]ted Community

Did anything good ever come from a religious leader standing in front of people and saying “just trust me?”  Maybe not – but what about when a community commits to the beautiful and complicated work of trusting each other – trusting the interwoven fabric of … read more.