Category: Rev. Liz Maclay’s Blog

Rev. Liz Maclay’s Blog

Richness, Goodness and Gladness

As we enter the summer season, I am looking back on the richness and goodness and gladness for me of this first year with you. The softness of the days, the verdant landscape, reflect a softness and a fullness I feel in myself. Much … read more.

Transcendence and Self-Care

Our theme for May is transcendence, a topic I look forward to exploring across our worship calendar and programs. Transcendence is one of those words that can be hard to get ahold of, since it means something that is inherently beyond tangible, ordinary experience – … read more.

Emergence and Transformation

Our themes for this month of April are Emergence and Transformation.

As soon as I started thinking of that, I remembered this passage from the writing of Nikos Kazantzakis.

“I remember one morning when I discovered a cocoon in the bark of the tree, just … read more.

Balance and Brokenness

We are moving into March, and our themes for this month are the linked elements of Balance and Brokenness. The examples of brokenness seem everywhere we look now, as much in our nation and our government as in our own local systems – and … read more.

Embracing Our New Safe and Civil Church Policy

The explosion of the “Me too” movement, with its attendant revelations about bad behavior and ethical violation so broadly spread throughout our society, has opened a lot of eyes. We are aware, as perhaps never before, of the ways people don’t act the way they … read more.

Ganesha, Justice, and Intention

Ganesha is my favorite of the Hindu gods. That’s not unusual – he’s a lot of people’s favorite; he even has followings among the Jain and Buddhists. Here’s why I love him.

He has a lot of appealing qualities: he’s a patron of arts and intellectual … read more.


“Hope is the thing with feathers,” so the poem goes –

Hope is the thing with feathers –
that perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all.

It’s an Emily … read more.

Thinking about Abundance

We’ve talked some about Forgiveness already this year, because of the Jewish New Year. It’s also one of our themes for November, along with Abundance. Abundance is a lot broader topic. We could take it a lot of directions, and we will over the course … read more.

Courage and death

As I look ahead to October, I remember when I was a little girl – in maybe third grade. I started to be afraid of dying. It hit me one night, late, late in the dark of night (maybe 10, maybe even 11 o’clock!). I … read more.

Arrived in Providence

I came upon these lines in Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer:

“For example, do you know what Providence is?”
“That everything happens for a reason.”
“Yes that’s right. And specifically that everything happens for a good reason. There are lots of different … read more.