Category: Minister’s Blog

Ordination and our Intern Minister

May 5, 2019                                                                                                             Dear Members of St. John’s,

I am writing to share information with you about ordaining Alice to the Ministry.

Alice Diebel has been with us as a student for the past two years. As her final semester at seminary comes to an … read more.

Our Whole Lives (OWL)

Unitarian Universalists have helped equip young people with accurate and respectful knowledge about human sexuality and healthy relationships since the “About Your Sexuality” program of the 1970. More recently, we worked with the UCC church to revise the curriculum and create the “Our Whole … read more.

Letter from Alice Diebel

Unitarian Universalists (UUs) often see themselves as the religion of reason – we study things, we use our minds and count on having good information to guide us. I know I value learning and knowledge! After all, I’m in school! UUs also often see ourselves … read more.

Huddling and Mixing

We are formed in community, among family and friends, peers and mentors. And our formation is ongoing – all of us are learning as we go. Sometimes we need to be with people who are different from us, we need a mixed group. … read more.

Love conquers terror and hate

By Alice Diebel, Intern Minister
The Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh is on sabbatical

I have been slow to respond publicly to the events of last week. There have been so many and my heart has been breaking. I stand in sympathy and solidarity with Jews across this country, … read more.

Protect the Rights of Transgender Persons

Alice Diebel, she/hers, Intern Minister

Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh is on sabbatical

 

It seems like ancient history that this country was arguing over which bathroom a person could use. I always wondered how on earth such a thing would be policed. You can use your imagination. But of … read more.

Gun violence in Cincinnati and elsewhere

Dear Church,

Today the news brought word of a shooting at a 5/3 location in down town Cincinnati.  Right here in our city, some have been wounded and some have been killed.   

I know that some of you are shaken by violence so close to home. … read more.

Structure, Authority, and the Middle Way

Everyone worth his or her salt was heart-broken by the administration’s separation of child from parent at the southern border of the United States.  We were likewise befuddled, given its swiftness and apparent decisiveness in removing children, at the same administration’s inability to reunite all … read more.

Now, they come again, for the children

Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh’s prayer before silent meditation at St. John’s, June 17, 2018.

You may have heard that 2,000 children have been taken from their parents and placed in detention centers in the last 6 weeks. The total number of children in detention is now over … read more.