Minister’s Blog

A Place Where We Can Ask the Big and Important Questions

When my niece, Hazel, was three she wanted to know about her grandmother (Tara’s Mom). Tara’s sister, (one of Hazel’s moms), explained that her mom had died many years before. Then Hazel wanted to know what it meant to die. What it meant for the person; what it meant for the living. And so, in … Continued

Grief as Courage

When children die, when they are killed, and when they are killed by another child, alive but lost in different ways and for different sins, the soft wild animal of the heart needs a space to grieve. May you know your ache, your fear, your hopelessness and anger as an expression of courage this week.  … Continued

Yes, There is a Plan

Because I am a religious professional, I can typically recite Sunday dates for at least three months in advance. Living by the week makes time go quickly. If it’s September that means I’m late to plan for Hanging of the Greens, to getting Caryl my theme for Christmas Eve, to setting up the new year … Continued

What We Can Accomplish Working Together

This past fall the staff met for our annual planning retreat. It was different than in years past: we were welcoming our first Intern, Sue Flynn, as well as our new Office Assistant, Rachel Hansen. We met in room 201 while many gathered in the sanctuary; it was the morning after Andrew Conrad had passed. … Continued

We’re All Meaning Makers: Offered in Support of DREAMers

Rev. Kim was invited to speak at a prayer vigil in support of DREAMers on December 20 at the State House Annex in Trenton, and offered the following: There was a man in my congregation whose life was just memorialized this past weekend. He was a kind man; earnest, sincere. And while we can likely … Continued

Gender Reveal: A Letter to My Children

Reverend Kim posted the following on her Facebook page on 12/12/17.  Seeing the large community response and with her agreement, we repost it here. “I have spent one gazillion hours in consideration and conversation about whether or not to share this. Some of the conversations have included stereotypes of lesbians, risk of ministry, and trust … Continued

Affirming Our Community at Year End

Dear Members and Friends of UUCWC, Last month I had the honor and privilege of preaching a sermon for my mentor’s retirement service. The sanctuary was packed. People stood. Children squirmed. The music (drums, piano, our voices together) rang out. I reflected on 34 years of ministry and as such, came home to you all … Continued

Rev. Kim Featured on Diversity and Spirituality Network

Angelo John Lewis recently interviewed Rev. Kim for the Diversity and Spirituality Network.  Listen here A Universalist Unitarian Minister Talks About White Privilege and the Church’s Recent Racial Controversy The summer of 2017 was a turbulent time in the Universalist Unitarian world. A racially oriented hiring controversy — when a white man was hired over … Continued

A Pastoral Note From Rev. Kim – November 6, 2017

This past Sunday I preached a sermon on “only the good stuff” in the world. Though inspired by three congregants, it was a gentle olive branch to all of us. The first, a man who lovingly offered how hard it is to come into the congregation knowing I’ll name many of the things he’s trying … Continued

What Would Your Thesis Be For Unitarian Universalism?

As you may recall from my October 22nd sermon on a (UU) Reformation, this October was the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The story goes, Martin Luther, a Catholic Priest, is offended by the Catholic Church’s insistence that members pay for their absolution; their forgiveness. The overt corruption has him wringing his hands and … Continued