Minister’s Musings – Barista Blessing (6/8/22)

Dear Friends,

I’m sitting at the Victory Café for my “Coffee with the Minister” time. People around me are eating, drinking, working, and talking. Patrick, the owner, is super friendly and makes amazing coffee. He’s been the barista on the four Wednesdays I’ve been here, and he calls me by name when I walk in – me and everyone else. The feel of the place, the music, Patrick’s demeanor all remind me of my coming of age on Long Island, and no wonder – Patrick has lived in Brooklyn, and ran a coffee shop called The Victory there, and this Victory is modeled after it. And while I’m very happy with my choice to live in the Midwest, and not at all homesick for Long Island, I have to admit that this is the first place I’ve felt completely at home since leaving in 1998. This is a gift, a blessing, in my life. And this musing prompts me to ask – when and where have you experienced the blessing of feeling at home?

In faith and love,


Reverend Karen’s Office Hours & Availability

Please reach out to Karen via email, phone, or text if you’d like to connect individually – she’s happy to set up a time to meet with you! And, as always, please call or text her if you have a pastoral emergency. Please note that Karen doesn’t check email on Mondays (her rest day) and Thursdays (her writing/study day) and will reply to your non-emergency messages the following day.

Virtual Office Hours on Tuesdays at 4:00-6:00 pm

Rev. Karen will continue to hold virtual office hours as part of our multiplatform future! She opens a zoom room, and you’re invited to join her when you can for as long as you can. See your weekly email for the Zoom link.

Coffee with the Minister on Wednesday at 10:00-11:30 am

Rev. Karen will be at the Victory Café on Atwood Ave (across from A Room of One’s Own Bookstore) – stop in and join her!

Office Hours at Reeb on Fridays at 1:00-3:00 pm 

Karen would love to see you there, or meet you there for a walk around the neighborhood! Please contact her by phone or email to let her know you’re coming and what you’re comfortable with.