Tag Archives: love

Be A Beacon of Hope

Dear Friends and Colleagues,  I am holding you all in my prayers. As clergy and faith leaders in our communities, you are called to an incredible responsibility. There are days and weeks when that responsibility also carries with it great … Continue reading

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What makes you glad?

  “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.” -Psalm 46:4     What makes you glad?   I’m writing this while on a plane in Detroit, Michigan. I’m on my way home from General Synod … Continue reading

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Will we follow?

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory…. full of grace and truth.” -John 1:14   In the old days…. the VERY, VERY old days…. humans were tribal out of existential necessity. Safety … Continue reading

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Loving and showing honor to each other

Romans 12:10 from the Common English Bible reads: “Love each other as the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other.”   31 years ago the UCC’s General Synod declared itself to be “open and … Continue reading

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What do you love about your church?

As Rich, Jonna, and I go to visit with various congregations, we often ask a question of the gathered group that sounds something like this, “What do you love about your church?” It’s a great opening topic that presumably everyone … Continue reading

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Who am I…

It’s a good thing for me that Easter is a season, not a holiday. A very good thing. It’s too much to take in for just one day. It’s too big for one big church service and family celebration. It … Continue reading

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Live Easter – fully

For the followers of Jesus, each Sunday is Easter.   For some years, the last words in each worship service spoken by my congregation were these, adapted from Desmond Tutu’s An African Prayer Book: Goodness is stronger than evil; Love … Continue reading

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Advent blessings for the journey

While I was in seminary, my mother was gravely ill and ended her own life. Her death was devastating for me and bewildering for my faith. Her long time struggle with depression and anxiety coupled with a new terminal diagnosis … Continue reading

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Renew the vision

I’m supposed to travel to Israel/Palestine in September, so the violence between the Israeli government and Hamas…which would have discouraged me in any case….now strikes me with personal force. Will the trip happen? If it does, will we be safe? … Continue reading

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A Labor of Love, not Precision

It is time for my kids to graduate from their toddler beds and move on up in the “big kid bed” world to twin beds.  This requires some rearranging in the house, made more interesting because they share a room … Continue reading

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