Category: The Minister’s Mind

On the Loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Dear Beloved Tree of Life Community,

               As you know, two days ago Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed away after a long battle with cancer. This has come as a painful shock to many of us. Justice Ginsberg lived a life that changed our … read more.

Welcome to our Month of Beauty

If one were to peel back the influences that pop culture has had on me, one of the biggest would be science fiction. From an early age, it was science fiction stories and shows that grabbed my attention. So, it should come as no surprise … read more.

As You Journey

Greetings to you all.
The theme for this month is Journey. I’m reminded of a few things when I think
of the word Journey. One of course is the rock band from the decade of the
1980’s, and how in my wife’s and my early life together, we … read more.

Our Month of Possibility

Dear Friends,

The theme for the
month of January is Possibility. It’s of possibilities that I wish to speak
about here. On January 27, we’re going to have a shortened worship service to
begin the process of creating a congregational covenant. This will serve
two purposes, the first being that … read more.

Notes from the Almost Rev. Kev

Greetings everyone.

The theme for the month of November is Memory, and given that the Holidays are now upon us, many of us will be thinking of holidays past, perhaps thinking of beloved family members who are no longer with us.

It doesn’t take much to … read more.

October News from Our Minister

Greetings everyone. First of all, I want to thank all those who sent me good wishes before I went to Boston to visit the Ministerial Fellowship Committee at the end of September.  Your support and good feelings helped me achieve something that I’ve been … read more.

Minister’s Mind: Creation

April is here and it’s already been wild. Thundersnow and blustery winds, sunshine and daffodils–sometimes at the same time! Living in the prairie midwest is exciting, beautiful, and sometimes strange. The seasons are a paradox of predictability and surprise. There is never a lack of … read more.

Minister’s Mind: Liberation

Liberation is a word we may hear often, but may or may not think much about. Women’s Liberation, political liberation, even Liberation Theology may come to mind, but may seem distant issues and not part of our own personal lives. This month, we ask ourselves … read more.

Minister’s Mind: Resistance

I had to laugh when I saw that the Soul Matters theme for January was resistance. So much is changing–in the world, in our lives, and at Tree of Life–and resistance is so often our response to change. It’s a good thing, I think, for … read more.