Ministerial Musings

We know when to call a plumber or when to take our car to see the mechanic. It isn’t always clear when to call our minister. I thought I would offer a few suggestions.

I am glad to schedule a time to meet if you are dealing with a challenge or change in life. Meeting to talk is a core piece of what I am here for. Occasionally people apologize for what they have said or suggest that they didn’t want to bother me. You would never apologize to the mechanic for bringing in your broken muffler or to the doctor about an injury that you have endured. There is no reason to apologize or feel shy about calling me to talk about what is important to you.

As a general rule, I am available to meet for around an hour for up to around three meetings. If you find that you need more support, I can help you find additional resources. I am really not qualified to provide ongoing therapy.

My office provides a comfortable, private space to talk. We can also meet by phone or I am glad to come to visit you at home if that works better.

Aging is a big and important topic in our community. I am glad to be a listening ear, to talk through the frustrations of aging and even the fear related to mortality. If you are looking for advice on options for living situations or care, I will probably refer you to members of the Caring Committee who are more knowledgeable about the topic than I am.

If you are having a health crisis and need someone to go to the emergency room with you, please call me. I am glad to be there either for the person in crisis or to sit with a partner or spouse. For those sorts of situations, it is much better to call my cell phone.

I’ll finish by reassuring you that what you share with me will be held in confidentiality. Congregations can be very gossipy. It’s because we care about each other and want to know what is going on. But I will absolutely respect your privacy.

Rev. Kent


Minister's Seminars

“Barracoon: The Story of the Last 'Black Cargo'”

by Zora Neale Hurston

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Barracoon’ tells the Story of the Slave Trade’s Last Survivor. Published eight decades after it was written, the recently published book offers a first-hand account of a Middle Passage journey. Please read the book in order to fully participate in discussion.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent .

“The Henna Artist”

by Alka Joshi

Sunday, April 5, 3:00 pm

Escaping from an arranged and abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone from her 1950s rural village to the vibrant pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the henna artist—and confidante—most in demand to the wealthy women of the upper class. This book is the first novel by Alka Joshi who will participate in the discussion. Please read the book in advance to fully participate in discussion.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rev. Kent .