Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels

Good Enough, Smart Enough, Strong Enough

20th Century Unitarianism took on a strong humanist bent that continues to influence (if not define) us today. Has the humanist belief that humans have what we need to save ourselves and the world been affirmed or disproved by the events of the last Century?

The Rainbow Connection

The fringe Unitarian theology of Transcendentalism holds that every human has the natural ability to connect directly with the divine spirit of the universe. It’s a personally liberating spirituality that’s also deeply threatening to communal institutions like the church.

Love and Justice

The core theology of the Universalist side is that God’s primary character is love, not justice. So are there no consequences, then, for evil acts? Whenever we seek to balance the opposing values of compassion and accountability we face the same theological problem.

At Most One God

The nominal theology of our historic faith, that God is a unity not a trinity, may seem obscure to us. The premises of that theology are still valid to our contemporary faith. We’ll look back at what Unitarian meant then, means now, and in these … read more.

Gathered Here, Gathered Now

We begin our church year with our annual “Ingathering” service. I’ll introduce our worship schedule for the year. We start by recognizing the special quality of the present moment and the importance of living fully where and when we are.

Wellness of the Mind: Vocation and Organization

In August we turn toward planning and preparation for the work of the coming church year. What will we need for ourselves in order to do our best work? I’ll draw from the work of Rev. Dr. D. Scott Stoner who outlines a holistic view of wellness encompassing eight dimensions of our beings. First up, the dimensions of intellectual health.

You Can’t Get There From Here

When I was a child, curb cuts, those ramps on sidewalk corners, didn’t exist. I have no idea what folks in wheelchairs did to get around town. We’ve made a lot of progress in making more of our world more accessible to more people. But there will always be parts of the world beyond our experience. It’s the distance between the infinity of existence, and the limitations of mortal selves.