Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg

The Secret Sits

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg The poet Robert Frost wrote that “the Secrets sits in the middle,” taking on a life of its own. Modern psychology agrees that secrets can be unhealthy, sometimes even dangerously harmful. Yet it’s also understandable that we want some parts of life to remain private. We will contemplate the role of…

The Fragile Sequence

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg In Judaism, the High Holy Days are an annual reminder to ‘fess up to our mistakes. But actually apologizing can make us very vulnerable. What is so important about the act of saying “I’m sorry?” And what comes next in the fragile sequence of recognizing that we are imperfect beings? Led…

Long Haul

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg It’s easy to burnout in our current society, due to grief, trauma, worry, injustice, overstimulation, and more. So how do we keep showing up? The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the Long Haul by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky suggests that sometimes doing less is more. Whether or not you read the…

Favorites

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg Life has plenty of obnoxious circumstances. Most of us can readily list at least a few things that consistently annoy us. As a countermeasure, author T. Wise recommends a quick reset that he calls a “pet fave.” The opposite of a pet peeve, he defines a pet fave(orite) as “that kind…

“The World Comes In…”

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg To be alive is to experience that, in the words of one of our readings, “the world comes in at every pore.” What better way to explore this idea than turning to two of life’s certainties, that babies will always be born and answers to life’s questions will always be sought?…

Come, Sing a Song

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg You are cordially invited to join Rev. Leah and our music director Steve at a Fellowship hymn sing! You pick the hymns on the fly, Steve will accompany the singing, and Rev. Leah will offer some historical background and theological notes. Whether you have firm favorites you’d like a chance to…

Like a Bridge

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg Bridging Youth: Emma Frederick, Will Scheffler, Peter Sieck, Brooke Wait Our annual bridging service includes a special ceremony to ritualize graduating high school seniors’ transition to adulthood. Children, youth and young adults (18-35 years of age) will have special roles. Bridging youth will share about where they are in their spiritual…

Beyond Doom and Gloom; Rooting Justice Work in Joy

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg No matter where we might place ourselves on the political spectrum, it seems like there is always so much overwhelming bad news! It’s hardly fun or sustainable to try to make the world a better place when we are fueled primarily by sorrow and suffering. After all, beauty and hope do…

Belonging

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg Reflection by Marie Luna, Director of Congregational Life Membership. Welcoming. Inclusion. Acceptance. There are many ways to get at the concept of belonging, because belonging is an important human need. We belong to friend groups, libraries, political parties, book clubs, and much more. As in other areas of life, belonging at…

Sabbatical Lessons on Compassion

by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg Rev. Leah’s sabbatical last year offered her the chance to rest and renew after some busy years at home and the  Fellowship. She knew focusing on creative development and self care would feel good, but was unprepared for what she ended up learning about compassion. This all ages service will include…