Ministerial Musings

The Rev. Kent Doss, minister of Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist CongregationRev. Kent Doss



Recently we celebrated Water Communion at Tapestry. Rather than focusing on memories of Summer vacation, we used the ritual to remind each other of memories of Tapestry. Spending that time together was especially important since we are in the midst of so much change as a congregation.

I want to repeat some of the details from the sermon I delivered, because I know many people who read our newsletter are not able to come to worship every week. Christmas Eve, December 24th will be our last worship service in our current building. That service will be at 5:30 pm. With the bustle of the holidays and back to school, moving day will be here before we know it.

Unfortunately, the building we are purchasing will not yet be ready for us to move into. There will be a gap of four or five months when we will worship at another facility. We are still working out the details of the agreement, but it is a great location with plenty of space for us to hold worship and religious education classes. As soon as possible we will let you know the location and arrange a tour for Tapestry members.

At our Water Communion people shared memories from last month, and twenty years ago. We lifted up the names of John Alcorn, Marie Ferguson, Dick Huddlestone and many other stalwart members of the Tapestry community. Several people spoke about first coming to Tapestry at a tender time in their lives, and finding a refuge here. As a relative newcomer myself, it was very moving to hear how connected this community is.

We have a lot of change on the horizon. Not one move, but two will stretch our resources and patience. We also are growing rapidly, which is so exciting. Tapestry leaders and I are making a concerted effort to move through this next year of transition as one community. We hope you will help by staying connected with Tapestry and each other.


Rev. Kent

Minister’s Seminars


Monday Oct 2 – 6:30-8:00 pm – Minister’s Seminar

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for a captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novel. Please read the book in preparation for this discussion.


Monday November 6 – 6:30-8:00 pm  – Minister’s Seminar

“America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life” by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

America Anonymous is the unforgettable story of eight men and women struggling with addictions. For nearly three years acclaimed journalist Benoit Denizet-Lewis immersed himself in their lives as they battled drug and alcohol abuse, overeating, and compulsive gambling and sexuality. As these eight addicts stumble, fall, and try again to make a different and better life, the author records their struggles, and his own, with honesty and empathy. Please read the book in preparation for this discussion.


Tapestry’s Annual Retreat at Camp DeBenneville Pines is scheduled for October 6-8. We will join members of two neighboring congregations for a weekend of play and relaxation in the mountains. To learn more about the camp, visit To help plan this year’s retreat, please contact Laura Lunn.