My name is Yael Lachman. I live and work in Salem, Oregon, where I am the Minister of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.
My greatest joy is to help congregations become places of deep spiritual practice, where individuals, families, and entire communities listen together for the call of God in our lives. To accompany one another as we go singing to the river, and to hold safe space as we wade together into the deep currents of life and change: I believe this is the holy and always surprising work of a faith community at its best. It is my extraordinary joy to be called into the midst of congregational life—a life of listening together for the longings of our souls, and of renewing and deepening our relationship with the One who longs to carry us forth on streams of blessing, and healing, into this world that God so loves.
What you’ll find here are the things I’m thinking, wondering, and praying about these days—often in the form of sermons, but also in a looser form of storytelling and conversation that doesn’t always translate to the page, but that I love to use in worship.
If you’re in the neighborhood, please drop in and visit us at First Congregational Church. We’re an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, and we gather every Sunday at 10:30 as a community of all ages and all kinds of families. You’re invited, anytime, to come experience God’s extravagant welcome!