Gospel of David Sedaris

Humorist, author, and radio commentator David Sedaris blends hilarity and heartbreak in his writings and offers a model of humor and humility which can serve as an example for all of us. We would all do well do treat ourselves and others tenderly but not too seriously.


In this service, Rev. John Ballance will draw upon his experience as a chaplain at Allegheny County Jail to reflect on the meaning of resilience even in the midst of the most challenging situations.

How Trees Grow in Rocks

What lessons about resilience can we learn from trees and shrubs that grow and thrive in even the most difficult circumstances? And how can we learn to have a symbiotic rather than hostile relationship with our own challenging circumstances?

Sports Fandom

Why do people care about sports, and what lessons can be learned from being a sports fan? While some people are true fanatics and others care little or nothing about sports, there are some interesting and instructive aspects of fandom that can reveal important truths about being human.

Immigration and Colonization

Although the U.S. is a “nation of immigrants” (at least for many of us), we are also a nation that was founded by means of violent colonization and destruction of indigenous cultures. How do we live with this mixed legacy while working to become truly welcoming to all?