“I am Rod Richards, proud and pleased to serve as minister of this congregation.” I say that most every Sunday in my Opening Words and it also holds true on the rest of the days of each week that has passed since I was first called to be minister here in 2012.
My wife, Hanje, and I moved here from Arizona, where I had served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Southeastern Arizona (now Sky Island UU Church) in Sierra Vista, AZ for over 8 years as their first minister. Previously, we lived in Minnesota, where our son, Jack, presently lives. I am honored to be serving currently as Vice President of the UU Ministers Association, working with and learning from esteemed and beloved colleagues.
I am committed to the practice of sacred flexibility and ground myself, during this time, in a slight adaptation of a reading from our hymnal:
During this time of necessary isolation, let us remember we are not isolated beings, but connected, in mystery and miracle, to the universe, to this community, and to each other.
The Rev. Rod J. Richards (he/him/his) has been the minister of our congregation since 2012.
You can read some of his thoughts here.
You can listen to some of Rev. Rod’s prior sermons here.