Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof

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.

The Solipsistic Society: The False Notion that Nothing and Nobody Else Matters

Sunday Services are at 9:15 & 11 am
Solipsism it the belief only oneself is real, or, at least, the only person one can be sure is real. It’s such an outlandish idea, its falsity seems obvious. Yet it also seems there are many people who behave as if it’s true, even if they don’t believe it. In this sermon we’ll consider how to maintain a healthy sense of self and individual freedom while respecting the rights of others and accepting our responsibilities toward them.

Was Jesus a Humanist?

Sunday Services are at 9:15 & 11:00 am
Attempting to define the historical Jesus is almost like describing the shape of playdough, and usually ends up sounding more autobiographical than biographical. Nevertheless, there’s a strong case to be made that Jesus embraced humanistic principles. In this sermon I’ll discuss why I claim this is so.

Leaving Earth: Trajectory and Projections

Sunday Services are at 9:15 & 11:00 am
Like the first sea creatures to crawl out of the primordial oceans onto land, life on Earth is now crawling into outer space. In this sermon I’ll consider what this means for our species and for life itself in the near and distant future.