Category: Minister’s Blog

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.

An Open Letter on Gun Control

On July 27, 2008 a gunman walked into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee and opened fire.  In a matter of minutes 2 people were killed and many others wounded.  On that day, the youth were performing a musical which included children … read more.

Reflection on Parkland, Florida

When I was a child in Oklahoma, we had tornado drills in case disaster struck. We would line up in the hall facing the wall, crouch on our knees, tuck our heads and lace our fingers over the back of our necks for protection from … read more.

Tulsa Time

Dear Church,

This week Alice and I will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma taking a class titled, “Multi-Racial Congregations as Faith Formation.”  It promises to be well worthwhile.

This trip means something else to me as well.

From the start of 5th grade until the end of 10th, my … read more.


If I don’t say it enough, let me say it again, I love St. John’s! I find this church to be creative and engaged; willing to try new things while respectful of a unique and beautiful history; kind even while challenging the inequities in which … read more.