Speaker: Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd Senior Minister

Love Is Still the Boss of Us

With lots of conversation these days about freedom, independence, and the values that undergird out choices, Rev. Nancy will ask just what and who it is that gets to be the boss of your life. What is it that is worth sacrificing some freedoms for? What it is that you’ll defend, even when it asks … read more

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 times?  What is the still-unfolding story of your life?

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?

Familiar Problems, New Possibilities

A year ago, RRUUC Member Tricia Tice had the idea to challenge Rev. Nancy to preach about emerging, hopeful technologies that can help us respond effectively to the climate crisis all around us. Today, we’ll look at how new possibilities arise even in the hardest times, and how technology and adaptation can lead us forward … read more

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? Watch the service on our YouTube channel at 10am.

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 poise. Is there a time to embrace the fact 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?