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November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has New England written all over it.

Trees and forests; browns, oranges, yellows, and the reds, with their scarlet persistence still holding on tight. It is the only time when a chill makes you feel good. Like it is a blessing, baptizing the air for what may be a claustrophobic winter.

If the shop owners only knew how great their sin, to rush us into Christmas - their Christmas of buying frenzy. But of course they are not shop owners, but corporate executives. And who k...

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September 3, 2015

The Small Stuff

Summer can give us some time to step back and look at life from different perspectives. Maybe it is being in a new place for a while or a break from work or routine or just time to consider what we want in life or how we are spending our time - what we cherish - the direction we are headed.

In the last couple of weeks I have overheard several times the old adage: "Don't sweat the small stuff", which certainly in many cases is good advice.  But I have also discovered upon reflection, wit...

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August 17, 2015

A Happy Anniversary

Several weeks ago, Medicare celebrated its 50th anniversary and NPR noted the occasion with some fascinating information that brought to mind a prideful past and wisdom for the future.

The idea of national health care coverage for all citizens goes back to Teddy Roosevelt times but it was Harry Truman who revived the initiative; finally being passed in 1965 as part of President Johnson's Great Society. The dream of health care for all was reduced to only seniors but now In its final form...

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June 22, 2015

Charleston

Just last week the news was easier to bear and a little lighthearted. As it turned out the head of the Spokane NAACP was a white woman, posing as a black one. My first reaction was ironic laughter. A white person posing to be black in order to get ahead in the world? Go figure. African American humanity, arts and culture may surely influence and enhance our modern generation, even setting trends. But I thought to myself as I read this story, does this person have any idea the hurdles and struggl...

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June 8, 2015

Born Again?

I told the story in worship I once read about the Archbishop of Canterbury being ask if Jesus Christ was his "personal" lord and savior. To which he responded: "No, I like to share him with others". This humorously points to the divide at times between more fundamentalist conservative Christians who focus on the personal and "right beliefs"; and the more progressive social orientated ones who focus on God and the corporate nature of faith. The question sometimes gets abruptly posed: have you bee...

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June 1, 2015

Pentecost

A Sunday ago we celebrated Memorial Day weekend but we also celebrated Pentecost, what is known as the "birthday" of the church. Although a lesser known Christian holiday it is nonetheless an important one to ponder. Pentecost happens about fifty days or seven weeks after Easter and celebrates the giving of Holy Spirit following the ascension of Jesus. Think about it as God's very breathe upon all living things. Jesus said to Nicodemus that the wind which blows on you everyday is like this spiri...

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May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to remember and thank all those who have served our county in uniform and in particular those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Our church family has a rich history of military service; at times serving in the face of ongoing prejudice and racism, protecting not only their children but those too of their bigoted countrymen. And that tradition continues today with several fine outstanding military leader members.
 
In our celebration and holiday it is important for...

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March 16, 2015

Servanthood

Like many, I got hooked on the sophisticated PBS  English soap opera set in the early 20th century, "Downton Abbey" which recently concluded this season's episodes. It is somewhat a take off on the old Masterpiece classic, "Upstairs Downstairs"; both shows not only about English upper crust society but, in most cases more interestingly, the lives of their "servants" as well. As we all know, all too well,  our American culture has had its history with a servant class, badly stained with the ves...

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March 10, 2015

Wake Me Up

The Justice Department's scathing report on the police and municipal authorities in Ferguson Missouri last week came at the same time as we celebrated the bravery and courage; and the successes, that came from the famous Selma marches. The TV coverage of those events woke up the country. I hope this report does the same.

I thought of the pop song of the last couple years "Wake Me Up When It's All Over.....When I am wiser and I'm older"...and it goes on....."They say that I am too young to unde...

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March 2, 2015

The Dress

Did you see the internet sensation showing a dress, the colors of which differ simply depending on who is looking at it? It is fun and a little amazing. The first thing I noticed about this phenomenon is that when you talk about it abstractly with folks it is a mild scientific/neurological discussion; but when you are in the same room staring at the computer or tv three feet apart from someone, it is starkly apparent that you see things very differently and things become more intense and mind bo...

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