Post date: 12/12/2005 - 11:00pm
* We fill the church this season and well we should. A church is to be filled up and used up. That's what we have been doing all year. Bring your friends and relatives. It is time to light a candle in the dark and hear beautiful music. Blessings upon your travels and upon your safe return. Happy New Year. * The offering envelope in this week's newsletter is provided by the Board of Trustees for an extra gift to your church in this Holiday Season. Be generous. Bring your gift to church and mark any check: Special Gift.
Post date: 08/21/2005 - 11:00pm
I don't believe any one of us would take kindly the thought of being evicted from our homes. It is difficult to imagine how a displacement of nearly 10,000 American citizens, were it to take place in our country, would go as smoothly as it has apparently gone in Gaza and the West Bank.
Post date: 08/20/2005 - 11:00pm
happiness, do we? That pursuit is arguably the cause of much frustration because one’s desire for happiness is insatiable. Add to that frustration the impossibility of our ever agreeing on what constitutes happiness, and then one begins to see the dimensions of a spiritual problem.
Post date: 08/14/2005 - 11:00pm
So, we have the unalienable right to the pursuit happiness, do we? That pursuit is arguably the cause of much frustration because one’s desire for happiness is insatiable.
Post date: 08/08/2005 - 11:00am
I am trying something new at home. I’m planting a fall tomato crop that will in no way compete with the Farmers Market here on Tuesday mornings. But I’m quite serious about it all. Vigilance. Discipline. Stewardship. Three watchwords shall be my guide.
Post date: 08/01/2005 - 11:00am
The church Board of Trustees, upon the recommendation of the personnel committee, voted on July 10th to continue the cleaning and lawn services we had been receiving this spring and summer from Shur Vac Janitorial and H & L Contractors.
Post date: 07/25/2005 - 11:00am
With renewed concern over future terrorist attacks, I thought of a column I wrote and published here in another time when fear or anxiety was on our minds:
Post date: 07/17/2005 - 11:00pm
In The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World, authors Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson write: "In virtually every age before our own, boys became men and girls became women, youths became warriors or shamans or healers and neophytes of every sort were guided through a time of falling apart in order to grow into a greater maturity. Our culture does not provide such initiations for our young people, and this means that our adults and elders are uninitiated, too. Still, despite the absence of formal rites of passage, initiations are happening anyway, all around us."
Post date: 07/10/2005 - 11:00pm
Those tabloids at the grocery line checkout usually get a chuckle from me. I remember around Christmas time I found two amusing headlines: "Baby born with antlers--what a dear boy." And above a traditional picture of Christ was another headline, "I will return within weeks." It is likely such fascinations and imaginings will be with us as long as human nature remains what it is. As long as there is imagination, and especially when there is societal change or unrest, folk will look for meaning, insight, and direction in unusual places.
Post date: 01/09/2005 - 11:00pm
January light in our sanctuary was a topic in this column a couple of years ago. I pay attention to the strangeness of this light at the beginning of the year for January's light is different from other months. The sun strikes us differently in this season.