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The Discipline of ‘I Can’

“There’s a green one down there by your left knee,” a voice boomed from about 10 or 15 feet below. I craned my neck down to the left, seeing the toe hold I had previously missed and pushed myself a … Continue reading

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Watch and Listen … Lenten Virtual Retreats

The Iowa Conference UCC invites you to take a few minutes each Wednesday during lent for prayer and reflection right from your own computer. Every Wednesday, beginning on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13), we will post seven prayers, songs, scripture passages, … Continue reading

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Transforming Thought: Collective Wisdom

When I worked with at-risk young people — most of whom had suffered abuse and neglect —  they regularly told me how they didn’t need church. They could read the Bible, pray, etc. on their own. Their opinion was understandable … Continue reading

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Transforming Thought: What DRIVES us?

Think back to the most boring, energy-sucking job you’ve ever had. Maybe it was your high school job at a fast food restaurant. Maybe it was a tour of duty you did doing retail at the mall. Maybe it was … Continue reading

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Our Common Life: Catchy Faith

Besides the lapping waves on the lake, the wind blowing through trees and the occasional bleating of goats, the retreat center was silent last Wednesday. This  odd, yet refreshing silence was not accidental. For five hours of the five-day initial … Continue reading

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Sabbath: An Exercise in Humility?

Some of my favorite parts of the Gospel story are actually the ones that get relatively little attention. In numerous places, Jesus and the disciples are walking along, praying, teaching, healing the throngs of people who follow them, then suddenly … Continue reading

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Watch the NYE Action!

Afraid you might miss out on National Youth Event fun? Catch the action online, July 10-14: http://www.ucc.org/youth/nye/

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Transforming Thought: “Grace-full” Questions

Grace came in the form of an unexpected question several months ago: “Do you ever hire interns?” A bit taken aback, the staff of the Iowa Conference UCC was pleasantly stunned by this question, not once, not twice, but THREE … Continue reading

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Our Common Life: Looking Toward the Horizon

Just yesterday, I slid behind the wheel and drove west from Cedar Rapids toward Des Moines at sunset. A few wispy clouds danced around the bright, shining, setting sun. I don’t have to tell most of you how beautiful this … Continue reading

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Transforming Thoughts: Not so Ordinary Time

Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter — these are church season with which we are most familiar. For local churches, there are other seasons that also accompany great busy-ness — the opening of the church school year, the Christmas pageant, confirmation. Wider … Continue reading

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