When I am in the pulpit, I feel at home and embodied.
When I am in the pulpit, I feel at home and embodied. I love to preach, sing, offer meditations, and be silent with the flock. My approach to worship is to craft a well-integrated service with all elements pertaining to the central theme. In order to accomplish this, I get out front of the planning process so there is time to collaborate effectively across all areas of the worship experience (preaching, worship associate, time for all ages, music). I believe that congregants should feel a small pebble in their shoes when they leave the Sanctuary, but also feel supported by Sunday worship as they move from Sunday to Tuesday to Thursday and back to Sunday again.
Broken Hallelujah:The Theology of Leonard Cohen
If I am preaching about joy, I hope folks leave feeling joy. If the "call" in my sermon asks them to explore their brokenness, I hope they feel me walk with them in that journey, even when we have parted.
I preach on a broad variety of topics and draw from an eclectic assortment of sources (The Psalms to Rumi to justice bloggers to New Yorker cartoons!), always asking myself: "Why do I care enough to preach about this,?" "Why should they care,?" and "What does it have to do with us, here in a UU congregation?" I've supported Worship Teams throughout my ministries and find it rewarding to help them create and present solid lay worship experiences such as Reader’s Theatre, Dance Choir, Wheel of the Year celebrations, Hymn Sings, Blue Christmas, Poetry and Circle of Life services. As a facilitator, I have led Shared Pulpit and Worship Associate team trainings at several UU churches.
Reverend Robin Landerman Zucker
Ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister
Professional Counselor and Educator
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“Robin is almost entirely ministerial. Conversations with her reveal the beginnings of sermons, the testing of ideas, the relations being drawn between day to day events and larger spiritual issues common to humankind, and quotes and quirks being collected for future use. She is a champion listener, smiler, planner, hugger, pray-er, people empower-er, leader, singer, parent, partner, talker, eater, coffee-drinker, community builder, advocate, and friend.”