How do you embrace disagreements?

Dear Members and Friends, I have learned that the things that divide us are far less important than those that connect us.                                                            -Rachel Naomi Remen, 21st century How do you embrace disagreements?  Are you the type that thrives on dissension and looks for people you can debate and hopefully change their mind and show […]

TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING JESUS

“Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here.  Change your life and believe the Message.”   – Mark 1:15  (Preached on Sunday, January 21, 2018) Simon, Andrew, James and John are the poster children for those who eagerly embrace the call from God and the responsibilities that come with it.  Jesus is just “passing along” the lakeshore […]

It has been a most upsetting time the past two weeks.

Dear Members and Friends, Let us therefore not think of our movement as one that seeks to integrate into all the existing values of American society.  Let us be those creative dissenters who will call our beloved country to a higher destiny, to a new plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness. […]

TUNING IN TO THE VOICE OF GOD

Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  Philip said to him, “Come and see.”                                                                – John 1:46  (Preached on Sunday, January 14, 2018) We live with this illusion that people had it made in the good old days of the biblical stories.  Those were the days, when the voice of God […]

Thoughts on Economic Justice from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. evokes not only memory of King but reflection on his continuing significance. In remembering King, we recall the courage and conviction he demonstrated in pursuing justice, including economic justice. It was King’s passion for economic justice, after all, that led him to Memphis. In his […]

Here we are almost two weeks into the New Year. How are you doing with those resolutions?

Dear Members and Friends, He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.                                       -Albert Einstein, 20th century Here we are almost two weeks into the New Year.  How are you doing with those resolutions?  Are you still engaging them?  Are they […]

LISTENING FOR A NEW VOICE

And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”                                                                                                -Mark 1:11 (Preached on Sunday, January 07, 2018) What voices are you listening to as the New Year begins?  There are plenty of voices of gloom and doom warning of impending disaster.  They blare at us […]

What is the five-hundred-year question?

Dear Members and Friends, Holding on is believing that there is only a past; letting go is knowing there’s a future.        -Daphne Rose Kingma, 21st century Artists Makoto Fujimura describes visiting the Fra Angelico (1395-1455) exhibit at the Met one December.  As he gazed at Angelico’s “Madonna and Child,” he says he had […]