AFTERGLOW
When a church like ours entertains a Candidate Sunday, you never know how it will go. Perhaps that is why it so interesting and edgy.  A candidate comes, presents, lays [...]
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A LAST TRIBUTE TO FRED AND MARNY SMITH
The other shoe has finally fallen. Yesterday Fred and Marny moved to Easthampton, MA. I could only say so much about their illustrious lives before we sang our farewell hymn.  [...]
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DILEMMAS OF LIVING AND DYING FOR GOD
As I see Benjamin Geeding graduate from Yale Divinity School in May, I recall graduating there 40 years ago nearly to the day. I was filled with ideals and ready [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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, [...]
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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 [...]
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STARS IN OUR EYES
Looking at the night sky has always made us wonder deeply about our human life and destiny. Noticing change in the night sky makes us ponder change, not afar, but [...]
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PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARD ALL
Can we talk for a moment about the relationships of different faiths? If we do it right, it will be an exchange of views done with respect, awe, wonder, patience, [...]
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