What I’m Thinking: Peaceable Realm

Isaiah’s vision of the new heaven and the new earth includes the vivid picture of predators and prey living peacefully together. What I tend to forget is that it also includes the idea that those who work receive the fruits of their labor. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about some of the most popular little […]

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Sermon: Since You Asked

November 10, 2019Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost Luke 20:27-38 by Eric Anderson I think the most comprehensible response of a modern Christian to this account of the conversation between the Sadducees and Jesus here in the 20th chapter of Luke is: “Huh?” There’s a whole lot of background to this passage that most of you were […]

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Reflection on Respect

Reflection for the ‘Aha MokupuniHawai’i Island AssociationNovember 9, 2019Church of the Holy Cross UCC, Hilo Luke 18:9-14 by Eric Anderson In 1054, a group of ecclesiastical diplomats from Rome, representatives of Pope Leo IX, presented a letter to Archbishop Cerularius of Constantinople. To tell the truth, the contents of the letter were the same-old, same-old: […]

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Community Thanksgiving Service, November 26, 2019

Interfaith Communities in Action sponsors the annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 26, at First United Protestant Church UCC in Hilo. Our own choir, Na Leo Ni’o Lani, is hard at work on our musical offering. Expect to hear choirs from all over the Hilo district, from a wide range of […]

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Pastor’s Corner: It Shouldn’t Have Worked

November 6, 2019 Sometimes the things you think will work… don’t. Sometimes the things you think won’t work… do. The world is a confusing place. Life confirmed this simple truth once more for me as I selected my shoes for the YWCA’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event last month. In years past, I […]

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What I’m Thinking: Gotcha

They asked Jesus a “gotcha” question – but he wasn’t playing that game. Not that day. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about a conversation that Jesus had with some Sadducees. It’s described in the twentieth chapter of Luke (Luke 20:27-38). The Sadducees were another strand of first century Judaism. Jesus himself was raised among the […]

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Sermon: I Think I’ll Climb a Tree

November 3, 2019Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Luke 19:1-10 by Eric Anderson You might remember that last week, we heard a story in which Jesus praised the prayer of a tax collector rather than the prayer of a deeply religious leader. That’s the beginning of chapter 18 of Luke’s gospel. Just after that, Luke told the […]

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What I’m Thinking: Risky Climb

Zacchaeus climbed a tree just to see the visiting celebrity preacher. Did he imagine how dangerous that climb was to his way of life? Here’s a transcript: Thank you to all those who contributed to the YWCA’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” campaign this past weekend. You saw a few steps of my high-heeled […]

October 27, 2019 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: Starting Honestly

October 27, 2019Twentieth Sunday after PentecostLuke 18:9-14 by Eric Anderson Let’s start with some honesty. The Pharisee in this story tends to reinforce Christian stereotypes about first century Pharisees and about modern Jews. The Pharisee in this story tends to reinforce our own prejudices about them: Arrogant, hypocritical, self-righteous, uncaring. If we dismiss the Pharisees […]

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The Mauna Kea Conflict: UCC Bodies Reflect and Respond

By Eric Anderson, Pastor When activists blocked the access road to the summit of Mauna Kea on July 15, 2019, obstructing the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, existing divisions of opinion and of experience between neighbors on Hawai’i Island came into sharp relief. The dissension has reverberated around the communities of this island and […]

October 25, 2019 in Community by

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