Some years ago, seemingly out of the blue, the question, “Do You Like Your Life,” brashly intruded itself into the forefront of my consciousness. This sermon will explore the various angles from which I then approached this question.
Bruce A. Bode, a native of Lynden, Washington, retired in 2018 as the Senior Minister of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (QUUF) in Port Townsend, Washington, after serving the congregation for fourteen years (2004-2018). He is now a Minister Emeritus at QUUF.
Before coming to Port Townsend, Rev. Bode was the Interim Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Texas (2002-2004) and the Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2001-2002). Prior to that, he served for twenty-two years (1978-2001) as an Associate Minister at the Fountain Street Church, a large, independent, religiously liberal congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
One of his interests has been facilitating study groups in adult religious education on poets such as: Mary Oliver, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Robinson Jeffers, Billy Collins, Jane Kenyon, and Gary Snyder.
Bruce is a graduate of Calvin College (1969) and Calvin Theological Seminary (1973) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been married to Flossie Boerema Bode since 1970 and is father to Katie Bode-Lang and Libby Bode, and grandfather to three-year-old Clara Grace Bode-Lang, one of this planet’s loveliest creatures.