Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof

Humanly Uninteresting: Moving from Boredom to Purpose

Sunday Services are held at 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.
It would be tragic, with all our creativeness and extraordinary technological advances in modern times, if humanity itself remained stagnant in its ways, if, that is, all our advances only help us perpetuate the same old bad habits. Pondering our own meaning and purpose, and empowering others to do the same, is necessary for a healthy, living society.

Leaving it Forward: Creating a Future for Others

Sunday Services are held at 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.
At the start of another new year, many of us imagine what we might make better for ourselves in the coming months. But a longer look ahead, into the far future, requires us to imagine how to make things better for our descendants: to think about our moral obligations to people we may never know.

The Power of Tomorrow

Sunday Services are held at 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.
It’s difficult to argue that now isn’t the only moment that has ever existed or will ever exist (unless we get into some complicated quantum physics ideas about time travel). Yet, as stoicism reminds us, the past is beyond our control, the present is already upon, so the future outcome of what we do now is about all that is in our power to influence, even if the future is what happens in the very next moment. Perhaps the real power of now is the ability to shape tomorrow.

Cosmic Advent Service

This special service will be held from 6 – 7:30 PM
Our annual candlelight service utilizing traditional Christmas hymns, readings from a variety of religions, and short homilies to help us celebrate the miracle of every birth and the birth of the Universe itself.

Rudolph, Santa & the Red Scare

Sunday Services are held at 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.
The tendency toward fascism has been persistent throughout modern history, including in the U.S. When a society becomes fascist, the only recourse for opposition often comes in the form of sarcasm and art. Such is the case with the two classic Christmas Claymation films following the era of McCarthyism during the 1950s. This message will include clips from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Clause is Coming to Town as a creative response to such groupthink.

The Dark Knight of the Soul

Sunday Services are held at 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.
Few people wake up in the morning wondering what evil they can bring about today. We are all the heroes of our own stories. But, as in the Batman movies, sometimes it’s difficult to tell the hero from the villain when they look and act just alike. Yet, to consider one a courageous defender of truth and righteousness, someone else has to be the villain. Our heroism depends upon demonizing and dehumanizing at least one somebody else. Perhaps a better way of being in the world is abandoning the hero’s way and adopting the human way.

Gandhi, King, and Jesus: Similarities and Differences

Sunday Services are held at 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.
These are among the most remembered and accomplished social reformers in human history. What secrets did they share in common? What made them unique? What can we learn from these three great reformers that might inform our own lives and work?

Remembering Carl Maxey

Sunday Services are held at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
Carl Maxey, the late Civil Rights attorney and activist, remains one of Spokane’s most celebrated figures. Maxey also happens to have been a member of our church, including once serving as our Board President and is famously remembered for being our annual Santa Claus.

The Road to the Gadfly Papers and Beyond

Sunday Services are held at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
I consider writing The Gadfly Papers one of the most important, courageous, and, obviously, controversial decisions of my career. In this sermon I’ll talk about why I wrote it, its content, its impact, and about where I see our liberal religious movement going from here.

Make Americans Great Again: A Prayer for Civility

Sunday Services are held at 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
I continue to believe the age of the Nation State has come to an end, only most of us don’t realize it, while others unconsciously react to its loss by retreating into isolationism and authoritarianism, nostalgically longing for “good old days” that never existed to begin with.