Minister's Corner



Spring has certainly sprung, as evidenced by the flowers in front of our building, and by the allergies I've been experiencing! Inside our congregation, new things are springing up too. It's an exciting time at UUCR, with great worship, good fellowship, and movement forward on our congregational development plan.

Our social justice team, for instance, is working hard to identify and build support for a congregational social justice issue for us to focus on. As so many of us have lifted up, this is a group of people who do a lot of good work in our community as individuals. It is our hope that we can build upon and deepen that work by devoting our resources to a shared project. You can share your thoughts about this, and about what that issue should be, on posters currently hanging in our building; please do so!

I also want to again invite you to visit me at community office hours, where I spend a couple hours each week at Evergrain bakery in downtown Chesterton. I'm there most Thursdays and would love to see you there.

In faith,
Rev. Christian

Rev. Christian will be at Evergrain from 1 - 3 p.m. on  the following Thursdays this month: April 14, 21, and 28.

A Little More Input 

Friends, you may remember that in the fall I hosted several gatherings in which you had a chance to come and give me your thoughts and ideas about the conegation in a structured conversation based around five questions. The idea is to find what's important, exciting, or core to us -- and perhaps even what's important that's not working well, too.

 I've been compiling the information from those conversations and will tell you what surfaced from it, but first I want to give you one more opportunity to participate. If you didn't make it to one of the gatherings, feel free to answer the five prompts below and send it to me in email: the.christian.schmidt@gmail.com. With this final input included, I will let everyone know what came to the surface from this!

In faith,
Rev. Christian
  1. Tell about the time you have felt most proud of being part of this congregation.
  2. What is good about this congregation?
  3. What should we keep as this congregation moves into its next chapter?
  4. What should we live out differently?
  5. What is the one thing I should know about this congregation as its part-time developmental minister?