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.

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?


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.