Regarding Recent Events in Pittsburgh

It's been a long week. It's been a long week for our city, and it's been an especially long week for the clergy of the city. Most of us are pretty sad, shocked, frustrated, and tired. There are people in both Emsworth UPC and St. Andrew's (the other church I serve) who knew victims of the shooting on Saturday, first responders who were involved, or members of the congregations at Tree of Life who … [Read more...]

New Knitting and Crochet Group!

Free, professional instruction for beginners, great fellowship for experts, something for everyone in between. Open to the public! Bring a friend!   Bring whatever knitting or crochet project you’re working on or email Charissa to find out what specific projects are available to learn and what supplies to bring for the project/class of your choice, including intro to knitting or … [Read more...]

How to Get in Touch with the Pastor

One of the logistical issues I've discovered is inherent in pastoring two partnered churches is that sometimes it can be hard for you all to know when and how to get in touch with me. Sometimes, there is a perception that I'm too busy to bother. While it's true I'm usually pretty busy, it's also true that any of my administrative duties, sermon writing, reading, project planning, and session … [Read more...]

Making Peace in the Midst of War and Fear

Friends, As many of you know, I recently spent several weeks in Israel and Palestine meeting with those on the ground who are working for peace and human rights in the midst of war and fear. In my sermon this past week, I referenced a place we went while there. Here is the group’s official blog post about that day we spent at Sindyanna of Galilee. You can read the blog … [Read more...]