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From the Desk of Pastor Greg

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This morning we woke up to the shocking reality of our nation’s decision to elect Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States of America. In the many communications that I’ve had with people in these few hours, fear, real fear, appears as an overwhelming, underlying experience and expression. Below, United Church …

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Washing Our Windows

I recently read a story told by Tibetan Buddhist Monk, Yongey Mingur Rinpoche. The story is a simple illustration that goes like this – Imagine living in a room with one locked window that is so dirty it barely lets in any light. The room remains dimly lit. Movement outside is hard to make out, and even some of the …

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A Season of Deepening Spirituality with Monastic Practices

To visit a monastery is to be included in the life and rhythm of that community. Days follow schedules with times for contemplation and meditation, study and work, and shared meals and prayerful worship. There is a way of being in community that is called the “Rule.” All agree to be given to it as it brings orientation and focus …

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Faithfully Waiting and Watching

As we enter the season of Advent, a time for faithful watching and preparing for the birth of Jesus, we look back while standing in the present with hope of being guided into the future. Looking back to a time of a Middle Eastern teenager’s pregnancy amidst a region dominated by the Roman Empire. A teen who would soon come …

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I find Halloween to be an interesting event within our culture. Not so much the history and certainly not the debates of whether or not it is appropriate for Christians to participate; rather, what I have found interesting ever since I grew beyond the age of being ecstatically and aggressively fixated on the permission given to a child to receive …

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A Season of Sharing Our Faith

I find that hearing personal stories of faith are uplifting and enlightening, while also providing a reference to guide understanding. Sometimes hearing of a personal experience brings clarity in a way that objective consideration and study finds it difficult to reach. Riding a bicycle is very different from studying and talking about bicycles, for instance. I’m reminded of the story …

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Into New Being

The Creeping Beggarweed has long, branched hairy runners that move to take over yards. It is a difficult weed that grows in hot climates, and is difficult to control. From the surface, it appears that the weed is of a single strand that branches out. The difficulty of controlling the weed, though, is because the individual strands aren’t independent of …

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Holy Balm

It is nearly impossible to imagine attending a Wednesday evening prayer meeting where a young man, visiting the gathering, stands up, pulls a gun, and shoots and kills. What a horrible, tragic event that is most sadly very personal as those murdered are precious in every way. Racism has been called the “original sin” of our nation. While mental health …

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Transforming Relationships

As we know, our faithful relationships are of the essentials of church. Whatever else happens around them is to be in support of our striving to live the Great Commandment. On Monday evenings, the group that gathers with Hillary Coleman and Steve Clagett to study, pray, and reflect on the matters of economics do so in and through their faith. …

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A Place of Sanctuary

Dr. Toni Craven opened her introduction to Hebrew Bible class with a metaphor of a garden.  In poetic language she likened what we would experience in that semester’s class to be like walking a path in a beautiful garden, stopping to rest and enjoy the flowers along the way.  It was a fitting metaphor.  We’ve all experienced such places that …

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