Rev. Samuel Schaal

A Time for Turning

This week is Yom Kippur in the Jewish tradition, the holiest time of the year. It is a time of repentance and atonement.  How might we open ourselves to humility and forgiveness?

Why Pray?

Are thoughts and prayers enough in a world touched by violence, hurt and hatred? Who or what are we praying to? Can an atheist pray?

Taking a Breath

We are human beings, but we act like human doings. In this long and hot summer, let’s consider taking a breath from our often hectic lives.

Spiritual Freedom

Second in an occasional series on the basics of Unitarian Universalism
Deep in the DNA of our Unitarian and Universalist heritage is a love of freedom in search of truth. Is spiritual freedom enough to sustain a religious community?

Get Found! LGBT Pride Weekend

We often hide the real part of ourselves from the world in fear. The LGBTQ coming-out experience provides wisdom for anyone playing hide-and-seek with the world, and perhaps with themselves. We all just need to get found.

Reaching Out

Creating space for strangers to become friends is one of the central acts of the church. Hospitality is not inviting others to become like us, but to help others find themselves while among us.


As the winter holidays approach, daylight diminishes, days are shorter and temperatures are (somewhat) cooler. It is a season of anticipation. So we wait for warmth, for light, for … what?

“Growing A Soul“

The quest for truth has been a value of our Unitarian Universalist faith for centuries. It is not merely a quest for knowledge, but also an adventure in spiritual growth. Channing called it self-culture. We might call it growing a soul.

At Home in the Wilderness

The wilderness is uncertain, and getting through it can seem confusing as the comforts of routine are left behind. But the wilderness and desert experiences of our lives can be a time of exploration and discovery. As we begin our ministry together, we’ll explore the joys of the journey.