Speaker: Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd Senior Minister

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 declaring a state of emergency, and with new guidance … 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 community itself. This Sunday we’ll kick off our stewardship season … read more

Fragility and Humility

One could argue that humility is the opposite of fragility – perhaps it is even the greatest resource for resilience we have. How is the practice of humility alive in your own spiritual life and in the life of our congregations?

Stubborn Saints

Using the stories of the Hebrew Prophets including Elijah, this service will reflect on the resilience of all of the imperfect people who are given holy work to do. It may be that we are just such imperfect and powerfully called people.

Broken Systems, Whole Hearts

“I don’t do systems,” a colleague of mine recently reflected. I think this person was expressing a desire to stay away from the bigger picture of today’s complex problems and look just to the individual level. Today we’ll look at what it is to “do systems” faithfully, looking at the whole picture – perhaps without … read more

To Heal the Wounded World

Mystical Judaism has long held that the work of human beings is to heal the world.  From Fred Rogers to the Dalai Llama, teachers across the ages have laid down roadmaps for this healing.  We’ll explore a few of them this Sunday.  

To Greet Each Morning

As our theme this month, we’ll look at the fine and wavering line between what is sacred and what is ordinary. Even when we look at our history and our congregation’s history, seemingly ordinary moments take on a new power if we choose to bless them as sacred.

The State of Resistance in 2019

This first part of a two-part series asks what it means to be part of the resistance in a complicated time. What are you personally called to resist? What are the forms that resistance can take in our lives, in our communities, in our world? And how might resistance be tied up with our spiritual … read more