skip to Main Content

Messages on topics of interest to our community from our Lead Minister Rev. Leslie Takahashi .

Border Trip – Day 2

Visiting with Ollin Calli. Hearing the story of a female labor activist working with farmworkers. They organized for access to water and electricity then they tried to get a decent salary and recognition for the skilled nature of their work. And then the extra layer of recognizing women as leaders. "If it hadn't been required to have a woman leader they would not have had one." Though 60 percent of the farmworkers are women, women are just being recognized as leaders. Demands such as child care are being put on the table which is needed when people are making $11 a day. Discussion of the vertical monopoly of the multinational company Driscoll which some of us have been boycotting. More examples of economic interdependence. #borderjustice2018 #sustainableworksustainslife

read more

Recent Posts

Border Trip – Day 2

Visiting with Ollin Calli. Hearing the story of a female labor activist working with farmworkers.…

read more

Day One – Tijuana Trip

We finish our first day with a conversation about the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th…

read more

Reflections on our common humanity

This week I attended my last meeting as a member of the Racial Justice Task…

read more

Gathered in love in a world chasing hate…

I write this in a week in which it feels as if the world is…

read more

Leslie’s Logos – November 2018

What carries you when times are hard? What keeps you engaged when action can seem…

read more

Comfort me

In the name of all that is holy and sacred, that is precious and valued,…

read more

A Message From Rev. Leslie Takahashi – 09-28-2018

Dear friends, These have been weeks that have been deeply disturbing for those of us…

read more

What Connects You To Hope?

That is a question we need to ask ourselves every day. Or at least it's…

read more

Expect the Unexpected

I don't think there are too many out there who would argue with me if…

read more

Abundance As The Lens….

This month in our weekly vesper’s service, we are focusing on the spiritual practice of…

read more

Some things are really just not yours to do

Last Saturday, while we were beginning our board retreat, a young hawk flew into the…

read more

What Summer Teaches Us

Being the child of a public school teacher and university professor, the beginning of the…

read more

Of Gifts and Blessings

Though this summer has been one in which I have not had many days completely…

read more

On the Other Side of History

On the other side of History, we will say that we were there and that…

read more

Abuse has a long half-life

These are the remarks I prepared for yesterday's press conference marking the Trump Administration's failure…

read more

Are these our community values?

Sometimes people ask how systemic oppression works and how it is perpetuated. Today in Contra…

read more

Leslies’s Logos – August 2018

For the third summer in a row, we see a nation heating up in ways…

read more

July 22, 2018

What did you do on your vacation? For me, I spent my time trying to…

read more

Rest. What Rest?

What an odd summer. It is as if we need to look away—and yet we…

read more

A Message from Rev. Leslie Takahashi

This week has been one of great shock and sadness for many in our community…

read more

This week my heart has been troubled…

This week my heart has been troubled by the growing revelations that our federal government…

read more

Won’t you be my neighbor?

I would be lying if I said I wasn't very tired. This has been a…

read more

Rejuvenation As a Goal

Some of us have the privilege of having something in mind in the coming months…

read more

Erasure

On the subject of Erasure... This week finds me mourning over the ways we amplify…

read more

Leslie’s Logos – June 2018

When he was a toddler, my son, Liam used to like to make concoctions in…

read more

Of angels and demons…

Something in our culture can't resist a dichotomy. The one I have been confronted with…

read more

Knowing what we didn’t know

One of the lessons I never wanted to learn was how much I didn't know…

read more

Sometimes the seeds of gratitude plant themselves in your heart much to your surprise…..

Been a bit of a week. Grappling with loss of beloved people. Car issues. Health…

read more

Obedience to the Unenforceable

Want to challenge something? Say your concerns out loud? Make your opinion known?  Speak out?…

read more

Turning a Corner

Last week I went for a walk and I saw this beautiful little detail on…

read more

Let the quail outrun you

Sometimes in the rush of our days, we forget to make some time to let…

read more

April 6, 2018

This morning I took a walk down past my neighborhood into the unincorporated areas of…

read more

Leslie’s Logos – April 2018

The visit from Westboro Baptist Church got me thinking about the idea of hell. Our…

read more

April 15, 2018: “For The Common Good”

Our seventh principle calls upon us to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web…

read more

March 23, 2018

This week a lot of us have had reason to meditate on fear. Fear of…

read more

March 10, 2018

The last couple of weeks have found me reflecting on the things that matter most…

read more

Blog Post – 3-3-2018

The dance of unknowing and then knowing I am realizing that there is a new…

read more

Leslie’s Logos

Seen any beakers in the Sanctuary? Test tubes in the Children's Chapel? I ask because…

read more

Break Not The Circle of Witness

Here is a thing I know. The world can break your heart and still not…

read more

Savoring the Morning Stars

The days are getting longer. Soon it will be harder to see the morning stars…

read more

Blog post 1/26/18

Sometimes things do not seem to go as planned. And still, possibilities for healing and…

read more

Because sometimes you feel like a slug

On my morning walk, today, I saw a mother and her child stopped across the…

read more

Leslie’s Logos – February 2018

How odd it is to live in this world where it seems when connecting with…

read more

Living in An imperfect World

Once again this week reminds us of what an imperfect world we live in. Trying…

read more

January 5, 2018

This week I am ensconced in my annual winter week of study leave which I…

read more

Cleaning Up for 2017

There is a Japanese tradition that I really like which is that you begin the…

read more

Living Our Values

The least discussed of our Make It So goals is the one to live our…

read more

Joy is a great form of resilience.

Joy is a great form of resilience. In these days of holiday, I have been…

read more

Learning What We’d Rather Not Learn

Dear Members and Friends, My colleague, the Rev. Elizabeth Nyugen writes: “Spirit, I would really…

read more

A cup of tea. An act of friendship. A warm embrace from a friend.

For some of us, this presence might be harder than for others. We may have…

read more

Live Our Values

One of our Make It So goals is to live our values. I often think…

read more

Conversation is a Blessing

This fall I have started a series of informal and open conversations which have been…

read more

Feel Like Going Faster

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our…

read more

The Majesty of The Moon

On Thursday, I saw the moon set and also saw it rise. In the morning…

read more

The Morning Light

A few minutes before the sun rose today, the light was lovely. Soft and yet…

read more

Our Growth is Always Being Shaped by Events We Cannot Foresee

I was thinking about this walking with a friend in Civic Park this week. We…

read more

I Hear You

I hear you. I hear that you feel as if you're being treated unfairly. I…

read more

Aiming For The Target

For the last two days, my heart has been heavy thinking about the young lives…

read more

20,000 Steps

This was posted on my Facebook page on the wee hours of last Monday morning....…

read more

We Are Stronger Together

Dear Ones, Once again we find the summer coming to a close wearing the veils…

read more

How Does Love Conquer Fear?

In a time of struggle and strife, when the world seems out of sorts with…

read more

Random Acts of Resistance By Goats

This has been a summer of being reminded to find Joy where you can. Yesterday…

read more

A Year in Refusal to Behave

This has been the year that refuses to behave. So we may have to. We…

read more

Leslie’s Logos

What is the hope within your control? In these days when many feel powerless to…

read more

How Do We Risk New Life and Growth?

In the spring, bright green shoots poking their way through the dark loam of soil.…

read more

A letter to the Editor of the Washington Post (Submitted and Unlikely to be Published):

The article "Turmoil Over Diversity Strikes Unitarian Universalists," suggests that seeking to be diverse when…

read more

MDUUC Remains A Sanctuary For Our Time

Dear Ones, Last week was a difficult week for our beloved Association. Three difficult events…

read more

A Prayer for Our Times

Here is a prayer for our times: Spirit of life and love, God of many…

read more

Let There Be Laughter 2/24/2017

“It was not the privileged and the fortunate who took in the Jews in France.…

read more

We always have a choice. 1/27/2016

We always have a choice. Sometimes the world gives us what we want and sometimes…

read more

Prayer for the people on this day. 1/20/2017

Spirit of life and love and unity, God of many names whose living form is…

read more

Prayer in defense of acting when times seem hopeless. 01/14/2017

Spirit of life and love and unity, God of many names. Remind me to take…

read more

Spirit of Life and Love — 1/10/2017

PICO National is asking that we have 20 days of prayer as we enter into…

read more

Learning From Yoga – 12/21/2016

When I can now, I take time for yoga practice.  I took my first yoga…

read more

A Prayer – 12/13/2016

And here is a prayer for this time: Spirit of life, be with us in…

read more

Countering Hate – 12/06/16

This week on National Public Radio, I heard a commentary about how the media can…

read more

This About Advent

The Unitarian Universalist Association says this about Advent.  “Advent is a season of expectant waiting…

read more

In the Spirit of Love and Unity

Each year I have chosen an intentional signature to my email.  In a medium in…

read more

Recommit for love. Resist despair.

I say gently to all who are in shock this morning that I am not.…

read more

Leslie’s Logos 11/1/2016

A visitor to our congregation asked me recently if we were talking about the election…

read more

28 More Days to Resist Despair

A great many people are feeling a great deal of despair in our Nation right…

read more

CO-GITATIONS October, 2016

Born and raised on the east coast, I always feel a little twinge at this time of…

read more

Leslie’s Logos — September 2016

This past summer, I ruminated on our beloved Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church. I reflected on what…

read more

Leslie’s Logos — August, 2016

This summer I am taking time for rest and rejuvenation. I am especially grateful to the Board…

read more
Back To Top