The Matter is in Your Hands

Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” I sat in a circle of friends on New Years Eve, struggling to come up with a resolution for the New Year. I tend to be lousy at that kind of thing. It is

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Value Destruction

“Americans celebrate the holidays with an orgy of value destruction.” These are the words of the economist Jared Waldfogel, making the case for why we shouldn’t give gifts. And from a microeconomic standpoint, that case is apparently pretty easy to make. If the purpose of giving gifts, as economists assume,

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Stay in Character While Waiting in the Wings

Isaiah 9:1-7 All over the place, churches are having Christmas pageants, however known. Whether fancy and high-tech with lights and fabulous sets or humble and homemade, in the wings are waiting characters who are electric with excitement. It was before our play this morning when a mom hurried by me,

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Waiting in the Wings

“Advent begins with a paradox of who we are and where we are: somewhere between the darkness and the light, somewhere between the fact of darkness and the hope of light, watching and waiting for a holiness to heal us, to hallow us, to liberate us from the dark.” –F.

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Ambiguous Blessing

November 22, 2015 Job 2:8 There is nothing that whispers, growls, suggests, invites, and incarnates our worship theme of “delicious ambiguity” like Thanksgiving. Am I right? It is the holiday that puts on a sweet company face. On the delicious side of things it can be full of wonderful food

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The Name Drawn From Names

One year during college I worked as a youth minister. As part of the job, I was in charge of the high school class on Sunday mornings. Going into my first week, I obsessed about how to make it the greatest morning of Sunday school ever. I decided a good

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A Heap of Stones

When you were younger and fighting with a friend or sibling and you drew an imaginary line on the backseat of the car or used an entire roll of masking tape to create a border in the middle of your bedroom, I bet you had no idea you were acting

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Blessed to Be a Witness to Animal-like Behavior

One of the responsibilities that most ministers feel keenly is that compelling opportunity to try to create in a sermon each week a window into the Mystery. We’re like journalists–always looking for the story…a personal experience, a witness: the sermon illustration, a new idea, the insight. It is sort of

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Does Prayer Matter?

A couple summers ago, I went with a group of UCGers to Plum Village Meditation Center in France. I was excited to hear one of my personal saints, Thich Nhat Hanh, in the flesh. But I also had an ulterior motive: birds. Europe was an entire new continent full of

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Queering the Witness

There is a variety of opinion among etymologists regarding the origins and early meaning of the word queer. According to some studies, it entered the English language in the 16th century or so and was believed to have come from the Middle Irish “cúar,” an adjective that described the curve

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Service Times

Sunday Services:
9:15 & 11:15am

Adult Seminars:
Resume in September

Meditation in the Chapel: