The images this summer of children being torn from their families at the US-Mexico border rendered our hearts and called us to action.

Dear Congregation, I want to share with you an opportunity for action that was presented to those of us attending the Florida Conference Annual Gathering last week.  Keynote Presenter, The Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President of the Pacific School of Religion, let us know of action we can take as concerned individuals. I have already posted my […]

It is a wonderful thing, of course, to live in a democracy where we have the privilege of voting.

Dear Congregation, We are now in the season of fall, which seems to have come rather suddenly, for here in Florida  we sometimes seem to be in endless summer! We recognize fall’s arrival, not by turning leaves, but by Halloween decorations for sale in the stores and heavier traffic as the snowbirds return. But we […]

We have done, and will be doing, a lot of blessing at Christ Congregational Church.

Dear Congregation, “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing” by Daniel W. Whittle is an old, beloved hymn, familiar to many of us. It begins, “There shall be showers of blessing: This is the promise of love; There shall be seasons refreshing, Sent from the Savior above.” The refrain is, “Showers of blessing, Showers of blessing […]

This morning I attended the memorial service at Bet Shira congregation for Roberta Shevin who died suddenly on Monday.

Dear Congregation, This morning I attended the memorial service at Bet Shira congregation for Roberta Shevin who died suddenly on Monday. I met Roberta a few years ago when I began attending monthly meetings of MCCJ’s (formerly Miami Council of Christians and Jews) Interfaith Clergy Dialogue. She had  recently retired this spring as Executive Director […]

One of the first things that I noticed, after I began driving to Christ Congregational Church on Sunday mornings, was the presence of lots of folks riding bicycles on S.W. 67 Avenue.

Dear Congregation, One of the first things that I noticed, after I began driving to Christ Congregational Church on Sunday mornings, was the presence of lots of folks riding bicycles on S.W. 67 Avenue. Especially in the mile or so as I approached the church, large groups of serious-looking cyclists in their professional gear, as well […]

We are ready to celebrate Just Peace Sunday and I hope you’ll come be a part of the special service this Sunday

Dear Congregation, We are ready to celebrate Just Peace Sunday and I hope you’ll come be a part of the special service this Sunday, September 16th. The blue feather “Just Peace Sunday” banner is waving invitingly at the front of the church property, letting those passing by know that our church cares about justice and peace. Your […]

The United Church of Christ, has designated the Sunday preceding United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st as Just Peace Sunday!

Dear Congregation, On Sunday, September 16th we will celebrate Just Peace Sunday with a special worship service and Christian Education activities for our children. Our denomination, the United Church of Christ, has designated the Sunday preceding United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st as Just Peace Sunday in recognition of the belief that there cannot be peace without justice. Perhaps […]