What is the Meaning of Communion for Me Personally?
Holy Communion fulfills the acknowledged needs for belonging and community. It does this on a deeper spiritual level that goes beyond the community gathered in one place. In Holy Communion we are connecting with all the followers of Christ the world over. Imagine committing to a marriage, then never again hearing the words “I love […]
Beyond the Crises
As I sighed at yet another example of fear mongering in political campaigns, I realized that churches are as guilty of it as political parties. We can go from crisis to crisis as a management style, using doom and gloom to motivate. Crises create anxieties. Anxieties look for crises as justifications for their existence. It becomes a cannibalistic […]
Ask the Pastor: How can we find healing and hope in troubled times?
Up front please understand I can only give a first aid level answer here. Deep hurts will need specialized care. We are connected to all life. When we experience troubles we feel disconnected. Life for us is not as it should be. We want and need it to be whole again. We cannot be whole […]
Do You See Your Neighbor?
Last month the Northern California Nevada Conference Annual Meeting passed resolutions concerning welcoming immigrants and limiting gun violence. Both topics are very important. Both topics are related to something larger, which was the theme of the whole weekend: “Have You Seen Your Neighbor?” There are many who are promoting the paranoia that the government wants […]