Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof

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.

Set and Setting: Fostering Mind Altering Experiences in Everyday Life

Sunday Services are at 9:15am and 11:00am
Emphasizing the importance of “set and setting” is something often reserved for those seeking to expand their consciousness through mind-altering compounds. But we don’t have to ingest peyote or ayahuasca to benefit from the wisdom and practice of this valuable principle. Approaching everything we do with such intention can transform what seems ordinary into extraordinarily enriching experiences.

The Humanism of Abundance: Following My North Star

Sunday Services are at 9:15am and 11:00am. Since completing my courses at Singularity University last year, I have continued to be inspired as a member of the Abundance Digital Community, also founded by Dr. Peter Diamandis. Some might think hanging out with entrepreneurs talking about technology is the last place a minister would find inspiration, but I am profoundly moved and enriched everyday just knowing those involved in these endeavors are as motivated by the humanistic ethic as I am.

One Lifetime: Why the Reincarnation Myth Matters

Sunday Services are held at 9:15 and 11:00 am. Whether one believes in reincarnation or not, the idea can bring much meaning to how we go about the one life we know we do have. In this sermon, we’ll explore why the reincarnation myth matters through the story of Milarepa, one of Tibet’s most colorful and revered figures.

Cousin Itt: Thinking Beyond Gender Distinctive Pronouns

Sunday Services are at 9:15 & 11 am
There’s lots of talk today about using the correct pronouns desired by those we’re addressing. Moving beyond dualistic and, when it comes to gender, binary thinking, can be difficult for some to surmount, though it’s important to do our best and treat each other with compassion in the process. But in this sermon, I want to backup and consider a deeper look at the all-pervasive distinction between female and male, “he” and “she,” that has long distinguished individuals even when one’s gender has no bearing on matters, which is most of the time.

Noah’s Backward Coverup: The Problem of Pointing Out the Obvious

Sunday Services are at 9:15 & 11 am
Exile and ostracization, or worse, have long been means by which societies punish those who say the wrong things, present novel ideas, and offer dissenting opinions. This instinct to disdain those we disagree with, and its twin instinct to “keep a lid on it,” even if we do have different ideas, is rooted in a fear of freedom, for others and ourselves, and can only lead to totalitarian societies and groupthink if we can’t collectively find the courage to overcome it.