Discerning the Path Ahead

Those of you who were able to attend our congregational meeting will know that I have invited us as a congregation into a process of reflection and discussion regarding the changes we are facing both within and without and how we are called to respond. I think that...

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Epiphany Continues!

During this time between the feast of the Epiphany on January 6 and the feast of the Transfiguration, this year on March 3, we discover anew who Christ is, as he continues to be made “manifest” to the nations. What does it mean that he has come to change “water into...

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Living God’s Future Now

As the calendar turns to January, there is a natural sense of gazing ahead that arises. What will the New Year bring? For some it may be a hopeful question, and for others it may be an anxious one. I was struck recently by an entry in the devotional I used this Advent...

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Preparing for Sixtieth Sabbath

A little over a year ago I started preparing myself for the idea of turning 60 this month. As I am sure many of you can understand, it just did not seem possible. But I began to think of this occasion as an opportunity to reflect on the story of my life. Then the idea...

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Vibrant Beauty in Small Packages

Last Friday I attended part of the ELCA Congregational Development Training Conference, which was held in Seattle. I was part of the track that was designed for people from “small membership” churches. It was very interesting (and just a bit surprising) to learn that...

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The Witness of Peace

August 2018 Just recently, I received a little book called Forming the Missional Church which talks about some of the deep shifts that are happening in the way we understand the emphasis in congregational life. For centuries now, there has been a...

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