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Thinking Without THAT Thought

As we move into our newest theme, “Two of You, Two of Me, Two of Us”, we need to think about the destructive role cynicism plays in our lives. Cynicism grows malignantly when we take the negative in any person,

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Confronting Depression and Anxiety

A recent study published in “The Lancet” spoke to what many of us know. What is it that we know? That this Covid era witnessed a dramatic increase in depression and anxiety. (LINK) It is easy to think – for

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Gifts in Low Times

The question, “What you are learning now?” consistently generates beautiful responses. We all know low times certainly. And, when prompted, we know there are gifts there as well. There may be more power than we might imagine in times such

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Polarization and What We Can Do About It

A big theme this fall will be both a candid acknowledgment of (a) the deep polarization in many of our communities and (b) a call to move forward. That, from a Christian New Church perspective, calls out a prophetic sensibility

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A Love Story, A Baptism, And A College Chapel

A Love StoryDave and Christine’s first date was to St. Francis Inn. As they say, way-leads-onto-way and yesterday they were married at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. They both treasure our church. And now they get to

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Working Hard At Being Sent

One of the highest hurdles in our lives is moving beyond our individual, private self-concern, to take on “assignments”, as it were, more interesting than just the care of our own souls. That movement from individualized, therapeutic Christianity to vocational

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What Problem Are We Trying To Solve?

The world is filled with interesting problems. Churches often tend to distill all spiritual problems into the simplistic question of salvation. “How can I be saved?” The question lands awkwardly on many modern ears in an era not attuned to

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