A2U2 friends,

What a joy to be back to church and preparing for another year of shared ministry with you!

I had a wonderful summer vacation and fruitful study leave. It has been wonderful to begin seeing a number of you these past few weeks as I’ve been in and out, and I look forward to seeing many more of you in the weeks to come.

We have a lot coming up this year… much work to do together, goals to accomplish, songs to sing, fun to have! And as I have my sights set on all of that, I’m also relishing these last weeks of August for what they are… a kind of in-between… late summer, a season of its own. As I look back on my summer, one of my favorite parts was the many books I read. I thought I’d share my list with you so you can get a sense of what your minister dives into… what inspires me and my sermons and my ministry. And what I find just generally interesting to learn about.


Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every Day by Kaitlin Curtis

Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture by Virginia Sole-Smith

Gender Euphoria ed. By Laura Kate Dale

Good For a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man’s World by Lauren Fleshman

Radical Inclusion by David Moinina Sengeh

A More Perfect Union: A New Vision for Building the Beloved Community by Adam Russell Taylor

Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure by Eli Clare

The Darkness Divine: A Loving Challenge to my Faith by Kristen L. Harper

Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren

The Book of Non-Binary Joy by Ben Pechey

I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro

Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation by adrienne maree brown

Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by Nora Krug

The Stonewall Generation: LGBTQ Elders on Sex, Activism & Ageing ed. Jane Fleishman


Horse by Geraldine Brooks

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (YA)

Dear Mothman by Robin Glow (YA)

And currently reading Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby