Sandpaper People

Some people just seem to rub us raw, maybe for an obvious reason or no discernible cause. What’s the best way to handle those to whom we have instinctive resistance? Do we grit our teeth and try to survive or is engagement advisable? Difficult folks, sometimes known as sandpaper people, can be revealed as meaningful spiritual teachers in disguise.


Bio: Rev. Leah Ongiri has served congregations in California, New Jersey, Florida, Wisconsin, and Colorado. She is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry and co-editor of the Skinner House book Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism. In her current ministry, she consults with congregations and coaches clergy who are seeking to develop and support their communities’ spiritual care. Leah is an amateur potter and casual poet. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her four children and spouse. She loves guest preaching and is honored to be back at UUCCWC.