WE CAN TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED ANYMORE
Attending divinity school in the 1970s, I had to ask a hard question: did I believe enough church ‘was left’ for me to have a career in parish ministry.  Corrosive forces were already at work eroding the church in American homes and society. From 1963 to 1985, parish ministry switched from [...]
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Theology Book Club!
As I have been announcing in services, I am offering a CHURCH WIDE "Theology Book Club". Since I get asked quite often how to go deeper into theology, I thought that this could be a useful opportunity to do just that with my people.
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A Comment on The Mass Murder at the New Zealand Mosque
Like you, I found the massacre of 50 innocent Muslim worshippers at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, New Zealand, horrifying. It is another example of racially motivated hatred that seems to have no boundaries. We stand in solidarity with the families of the victims. There [...]
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Max Pakhomov in Concert – April 6, 2019, 5 pm
Maxim Pakhomov in Concert, With Special Guests: Akiko Silver, violin, and Andrew Borkowski, cello
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WHERE WE FIND GLORY
Martin Luther said, you can tell what people believe by the things for which we willingly sacrifice our children. We see wealthy elites gladly sacrificing children on altars of achievement to define self-worth, class privilege to rig outcomes for their own, and raw parental ambition to corrupt rather than promote [...]
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KAREN PASSES THE BATON TO CARA
“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in very much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in very much.” As we studied that verse at our Bible Study of Luke last Wednesday, my thoughts naturally turned toward Karen Hansen, her 18 years [...]
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A PASTORAL LETTER
Circulating pastoral letters among churches is as old as Peter and Paul, Titus and Philemon. I saw one a month ago from the President of the United Church of Christ, John Dorhauer. May I share it with you here and ask for your reaction?
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A Snapshot of a Church: True Story
Brian looked like a Harley Davidson enthusiast meets pro-wrestler. He was nearly seven feet tall, weighed over three hundred pounds, usually wore all black with a chain connecting his belt to the wallet in his pocket, had long black hair, a full beard, and blasted heavy metal in his car.
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A CULTURE OF HOSPITALITY, Part II
What would it mean if we valued first NOT our own comfort, ease and standing at First Congregational? But if we focused more on the visitor or guest who won-ders if she could ever belong here, and asks herself that at our periphery? That would make us more of a [...]
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WHO ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE AT FCC?
I’ve had this quote sitting atop my desk for weeks. I share it now because this Sunday, after our 10 am service, is our Annual Meeting part one, to consider our 2019 budget. At the meeting, some will invariably look at the ledger and say about our number of pledging [...]
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