Get Good, Do Good, Celebrate

I write this, sitting at my desk Wednesday evening. I can hear Gouri’s tabla drums from his lesson, conversation down the hall from a meeting, and – Joy of Joys – the choir rehearsing in the sanctuary. I would be lying if I said I … read more.

Invocation, 3-17-2022

The Leander mayor invited Rev. Joanna to give the invocation at the March 17 Leander City Council Meeting. Here are her words:

Before I begin, I want to share with you something I found about former Leander city councilperson Curtis Corley, who died March 8 … read more.

While I’m on Sabbatical

April 3 – August 31, I will be on sabbatical, finding renewal so that I may return in September with the energy and creativity you’ll need in a minister as we jump into the next (and hopefully post-pandemic) stage of our church.

Here’s what that … read more.

Friends and Co-Conspirators

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

Yeah, but what if we linked up several of those groups? — Rev. Joanna

A pastor, a minister, and a rabbi … read more.

An Adult Education Room in Our Future

Our long awaited elevator is moving ahead fast and furiously.  The shaft along the playground wall is almost complete, reaching the roof line.  Our contractor is saying that they will be “breaking” into the building in a week or so.  The elevator access hallway will … read more.

Faith Development News for March 2022

With the return to indoor worship, that means we can return to indoor RE.. However, children’s classes may still choose to meet outside and teachers will make that decision at the start of class time.

Worship service is at 10 AM, followed by faith development classes … read more.

Sabbatical, Take Two

Back in 2020, we were all preparing for my sabbatical. It was going to begin April 1.

“Ha ha ha ha ha,” we laugh, without mirth.

We rather swiftly decided to delay the sabbatical, a wise decision, but it is now possible for me … read more.

Reaching Back to the Ancestors for Answers

I woke up early this morning, my soul stirring, wanting answers. My heart was already heavy from the letter written by our Texas governor calling gender-affirming care “abuse” and directing government agencies to investigate any reported cases and for all people to turn on their … read more.

The Religious Power of “We”

A news story set in a Catholic church has zipped around the world, leaving confusion in its wake.

The Rev. Andres Arango for decades said “We baptize you in the name of the …” instead of “I baptize you in the name of …” After … read more.