last Sunday i had the honor of the pulpit at All Souls Unitarian Universalist of Putnam County

it was one of the most difficult services i have ever done.

The Story for all Ages came to me in a journey dream inspired by many ancient stories of trust. please watch and share, stories work best told and heard.

I started writing this sermon two weeks ago… the working title was ‘Truth and Trust: In the current conversations of truth, truthiness and what is fake news…
What is the Good News? What does it mean to Trust?’

Then on Valentine’s Day came the Parkland Massacre, to simply call it a shooting belies what occurred, and is still occurring for those living with the trauma. I then rewrote it on that Wednesday, and again on Thursday, and again and again – for we clergy have all written too many of these sermons these days… but this one is different. It broke me open. and i am not alone. perhaps you are feeling a bit broken too… this is for you, all of You.


We sang hymn #34 in the hymnal “Singing the Living Tradition”, also known as # 693 in the Presbytarian hymnal, and #372 in the United.
‘Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire”

and we closed with the same tune,  new lyrics

by Carolyn Winfrey Gillet “If We Just Talk of Thoughts and Prayers


Go in Peace, Go in Love
knowing you are loved.
deeply. authentically. originally.


About eteal

Reverend Teal is a minister, chaplain, artist and storyteller. She specializes in the human-animal bond and all its healing aspects.
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