Erik Walker Wikstrom

Erik Walker Wikstrom is the Lead Minister at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the author of several books and curricula, including Serving With Grace: Lay Leadership as a Spiritual Practice.

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An eclectic mix of contributors share their reflections about spiritual practices in their everyday lives and provide models for those seeking a practice of their own.

Book | By Erik Walker Wikstrom | From Skinner House Books
Tagged as: Living Our Faith, Mindfulness, Personal Stories, Spiritual Practice, Spiritual Practice

Moving from receiving to giving back to your community can be a rewarding experience of growth and deepening.

Webinar | By Erik Walker Wikstrom, Skinner House Books | November 15, 2017 | From LeaderLab
Tagged as: Leadership, Nourishing the Spirit, Governing Boards, Leadership Development

Here, today, in this place and with these people, May we listen so that we can hear; May we hear so that we can feel; May we feel so that we can know; and May we know so that we can change ourselves and this world. May this chalice we light, Light our Way.

Chalice Lighting | By Erik Walker Wikstrom | July 13, 2017 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), Body, Change, Community, Listening, Purpose, Reverence, Transformation, Unitarian Universalism

Drawing from the personal experiences of a seasoned pastor, the scholarship of the liberal Jesus Seminar and the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus, Teacher, Guide, Companion challenges readers to reexamine their own relationship with Jesus Christ and its significance in the 21st century...

Book | By Erik Walker Wikstrom | From Skinner House Books
Tagged as: Christianity

Discover how to experience congregational work as an integrated element in a fully rounded spiritual life.

Book | By Erik Walker Wikstrom | From Skinner House Books
Tagged as: Leadership

When we light our chalice everyone focuses on the flame. Yet it is the paraffin of the candle, the cotton of the wick, the potassium chlorate and sulfur of the match, and the oxygen in the air around us that makes that flame possible. As leaders we are not called to be a lone beacon on a hill.

Chalice Lighting | By Erik Walker Wikstrom | November 10, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Community, Inclusion, Interdependence, Leadership, Purpose, Relationships, Responsibility, Service, Seven Principles, Teamwork, Unitarian Universalism, Unity

As we approach our agenda let us remember that we are doing the work of the congregation.* When we do the work of this congregation*, we touch lives. When we touch lives, we change the world. May this chalice flame we now kindle remind us throughout our meeting of our ministry and our mission....

Chalice Lighting | By Erik Walker Wikstrom | November 10, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Business Meetings, Commitment, Covenant, Discernment, Leadership, Mindfulness, Power, Privilege, Purpose, Responsibility, Service, Seven Principles, Unitarian Universalism

“[God] has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” —Martin Luther Words of Welcome & Opening Words Good morning! [General words of welcome.] The Unitarian Universalist minister Max Coots once wrote: “We need a celebration that speaks the...

Complete Service | By Erik Walker Wikstrom | April 15, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Christianity, Easter, Hope, Spring, Unitarian Universalism, Wholeness

Each of the stars in the heavens is unique, an individual, yet together they form the night sky; Each of us here is unique, an individual, yet together we are a congregation; Each of our congregations is unique, an individual, yet together we are an Association....

Chalice Lighting | By Erik Walker Wikstrom | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Awe, Caring, Connections, Diversity, Gratitude, Identity, Individualism, Nature, Purpose, Relationships

If the “opening words” called people to worship and opened the time and space for this purpose, the closing words bring the service to an end and prepare people to return home. If the service has been thematically tied together, the words can be a summation, a parting thought, a final nugget for...

Closing | By Erik Walker Wikstrom | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

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