Re-Thinking Mother’s Day

May 13, 2018 — Lisa Barstow   Today we are celebrating Mother’s Day and while I am very happy that there is a day on the calendar that honors women who have taken this role and have experienced its blessing in their lives, I am aware that there are many women who have either not been […]

Reverence for the Earth

July 16, 2017 — Lisa Barstow   46 years ago astronaut Ed Mitchell took a photograph of what he called the “blue green marble”  He was on his way home to Earth from the moon and it was the first time that human beings had seen their planet as part of the cosmos suspended in space. […]

Sermon on Loss

March 26, 2017 — Lisa Barstow   When Nancy asked me to present this sermon on the subject of loss I wondered if it was something I wanted to spend much time on. After all, due to loss I have given grief many, many hours of my life. But then I read the following words by […]


September 18, 2016 — Lisa Barstow   When I was a teenager I began keeping little scraps of paper with my thoughts scrawled on them in what I called my “important drawer.”  An idea would pop into my mind that seemed worthy of remembering and I’d write it down on whatever I could find, fold […]

Sermon for Union Church

July 10, 2016 — Lisa Barstow Lisa Barstow gave  the sermon today at Union Church: This is the introduction she gave I love the prayer that Paul wrote for the Ephesians and am so glad that Deborah just read it. Even though it was written thousands of years ago it still lives on with its […]