Pastor’s Letters

The Cancer of Hate

How do we respond to hate? Can those who hate be appeased, allayed or accepted for who they are? In his classic book on the psychology of social systems, Failure of Nerve, Ed Friedman used the physical systems of our bodies as an extended analogy of the different systems that make up human society. Friedman…

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Pastor’s Letter

If you grew up like me, you may struggle with the idea of pride as a good thing. I looked up the word recently in my old-fashioned dictionary. Five out of six definitions described pride as a positive thing. The first one, however, made it a synonym of arrogance, a false sense of superiority. For too long…

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Resurrection Living

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The entire month of May will be part of the Easter season this year. The understanding is that we cannot celebrate adequately nor fully convey the meaning of the Resurrection in just one day. The Easter season is seven weeks, ending with the celebration of Pentecost. Sometimes I struggle to find words that fully convey…

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Remembering Dust, Celebrating Life

At the Ash Wednesday Service I imposed ashes on foreheads using the traditional words, “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” The next day I realized just how important it is to remember that we are dust when I was found unconscious on the sidewalk outside the church office. While I still do not have a…

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Intentional Spiritual Journeys

  Letter from the Pastor During Lent (the 40 days before Easter excluding Sundays that were set aside as a time of penitential reflection and countering the pagan rites associated with Spring), Christians in the western European tradition often do actions that are intended to heighten their spirituality or give evidence of their repentance to…

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Constant Awareness

Constant awareness If something is invisible that does not mean it does not exist. Invisibility may be more about our vision than it is about the thing we don’t see. We don’t pay much attention to air until it becomes stirred up or we are unable to breathe it in. Certainly we need air to…

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