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New Life

The Easter leftovers are gone from the stores now. Even the jellybeans and plastic grass that were marked half-price have disappeared to wherever those things go. But, in the church, we continue to proclaim the Easter joy: “Christ is Risen! … Continue reading

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Avoiding Easter Clearance

So, the Easter treats are marked for clearance. The stores which keep calendars for us have turned the page, clearing Easter and making room for graduations, gardens, barbecues, and the 4th of July.  We find in these savoring days of … Continue reading

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Fear – what will I learn?

Last week I had the opportunity to travel with a delegation of members from Plymouth UCC-Des Moines to visit Ebenezer Baptist Church in Havana, Cuba for eight days. The purpose of the trip was to continue to grow and to … Continue reading

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Are you surprised?

  ‘Surprise is the greatest gift life can grant us.’ ~ Boris Pasternak   I have served at Zion, Waukon for 7 years and every time Holy Week rolls around I have the same people ask if they can read … Continue reading

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Listen, Give, Speak

What does it mean to live with privilege? I have been consciously wrestling with this question ever since the White Privilege curriculum was introduced from the United Church of Christ. But if I am honest, I have been unconsciously wrestling … Continue reading

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