Category: Minister’s Minilogue

A ‘small word from the minister,’ a bite-sized piece for reflection and, hopefully, response. Written by Rev. Bruce Johnson, these minilogues will also appear in the weekly eNews.

Minilogue #8: March 6, 2023

The fourth principle of the Unitarian Univeralist Association’s covenant affirms the value of “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”  Both of the adjectives in that fine phrase are important; freedom and responsibility belong together in a kind of creative tension.  

One of … read more.

Minilogue #7: February 1, 2023

“Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.”

— William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare was on to something with that whole “seething brain” thing.  Apparently, the brains of people in love are awash in a bath of … read more.

Minilogue #6: January 3, 2023

One of my favorite movies of all time is a quirky and compelling 1981 film called “My Dinner with Andre,” The story consists entirely of a conversation between two real-life theater friends, Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory — essentially playing themselves — as they share … read more.

Minilogue #5: November 30, 2022

One of the greatest gifts that any person can give to another is simply to be fully present, in a spirit of relaxed and attentive openness. 

The fact is that we aren’t very often present to one another in this way. Instead, we are – in … read more.

Minilogue #4: November 2nd, 2022

From the moment I first encountered it, I’ve liked the crisp, vivid and memorable language of this Fellowship’s mission statement. Our stated purpose is “nurturing spirit, transforming lives and leading change.”  Each one of those active verbs sets off resonant ripples of meaning in my … read more.

Minilogue #3: October 5th, 2022

Some years ago, when I was asked to deliver an invocation at my congregation’s Oktoberfestfundraising dinner, I recalled the keen and profoundly cynical observation made by the brilliant, mad German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche: “The trick,” he said, “is not to arrange a festival, but to … read more.

Minilogue #2: August 31st, 2022

The curmudgeonly mathematician and philosopher, Bertrand Russell, once said that “work consists of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relative to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first is unpleasant and ill … read more.

Minilogue #1: August 3rd, 2022

Last month I attended my 50th high school class reunion, held during the annual “Heritage Days Festival” in the small town of Two Harbors, Minnesota. (Actually, it was our 51st, since we had to cancel last summer’s semicentennial gathering of the Class of 1971 due … read more.