Excerpts from Rev. Karen Armina’s messages
in our weekly e-newsletter.

  • Minister’s Musings – Exploring (4/6/22) -

    Dear Friends,

    I spent last week in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to explore food and culture and history with my teenager, and to attend the installation service for my friend and colleague, the Rev. Nathan Ryan. It was a rich and complex mix of learning ... read more.

  • Minister’s Musings – Trust (3/23/22) -

    Dear Friends,

    There’s something very timely about this month’s theme of renewing faith.  As someone who is impacted by seasonal affective disorder, I have to work through each winter to remember that the cold dreariness that has seeped into my bones and my psyche by the ... read more.

  • Minister’s Musings – How Goes It? (3/16/22) -

    Dear Friends,

    There are so many things to work through as we move into in-person and multiplatform gatherings! There are logistical components, like getting the building ready, making the tech work, figuring out the support tasks, inviting people to help. And, like many other aspects of congregational life, ... read more.

  • Minister’s Musings – Returning – 3/9/22 -

    Dear Friends,

    Can you feel it? The energy of returning spring? Despite Monday’s snow, I saw a bright blue sky this morning, and heard sandhill cranes and red-winged blackbirds during my morning walk. The humans at the dog park were less bundled up, so we could interact more than ... read more.

  • Minister’s Musing – Together 2/23/22 -

    Dear Friends,

    I don’t have enough exclamation points for how exciting and inspiring it was to be in the sanctuary with other worship leaders last Sunday! I’m so grateful that the Dane County metrics are dropping so fast, and we can start to have indoor in-person activities. If ... read more.

  • Minister’s Musings – Differences 2/16/22 - Our February theme: “Widening the Circle”

    Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.— Desmond Tutu

    Dear Friends,

    Archbishops Tutu’s words were very timely for me this week, as I discussed with a ... read more.

  • Minister’s Musings – Inclusivity 2/9/22 -

    Our February theme: “Widening the Circle”

    Check-in question: How has your definition of racism widened or shifted since you were younger?

    It’s the community’s job to figure out how we can stretch into the so-called margins to broaden our understanding and the ability to be inclusive. Inclusivity is ... read more.

  • Minister’s Musings – Imbolc & Groundhogs 2/2/22 -

    Our February theme: “Widening the Circle”

    This month’s theme invites us to consider the social, spiritual, or political circles we make, find, maintain, leave, and/or break. In this space, you’ll find a new invitation into reflection on our monthly theme every week.

    Check-in question: How has your definition of ... read more.

  • Minister’s Musings – Within & Between 1/26/22 -

    Check-in question: What do you do to stay in touch with your intentions as you go through your days?

    At the center of your being, you have the answer; you know who you are, and you know what you want. — Lao Tzu

    Dear Friends,

    There’s ... read more.

  • Minister’s Musings: Intention & Fear – Jan 19 2022 -

    Our January theme: “Living with Intention”

    Check-in question: What do you do to stay in touch with your intentions as you go through your days?

    When I dare to be powerful — to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and ... read more.