Tag Archives: Lent

I am reading Truth

  “Dear White Christians,”   The title of Dr. Jennifer Harvey’s book, begins like a letter to most of us in the Iowa Conference UCC. “Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation,” is the book that our … Continue reading

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Welcome, Spring

And now we, the winter-weary, road salt-stained, chapped, pale, sweet garden tomato yearning bold followers of Jesus welcome Spring – which we are calling by its old Middle English name:  Lent.   We trudge or slide into a season of … Continue reading

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Giving Up Grief for Lent

  Nicole has been thinking a lot about grief lately. Before you get concerned about her, listen to what she has to say about how congregations can use Lent as an opportunity to “give up grief.” More of her thoughts, … Continue reading

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A Lenten Adjustment

“Nicole, that’s special,” my yoga workshop instructor said sporting a wry smile,  then stepped over me and my purple yoga mat. I wondered if special was good or bad. Turns out it was neither. My tight neck muscles were pulling … 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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Check out our Virtual Seven Last Words “Service”

The Iowa Conference UCC staff greets you this Holy Week through our digitally recorded “Seven Last Words” posted online. Take some devotional time to watch these varied perspectives on the Holy Week journey!

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Our Common Life…

“Be still, and know that I am God!”                                                                                                                                                                      -Psalm 46:10 Believe it or not, I grew up thoroughly churched…..and completely ignorant of Lent.  It just wasn’t part of our church tradition. After I’d been a pastor for about 10 … Continue reading

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