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Pastor’s Corner: The Best Moment of General Synod

A blond young woman (Rebekah) poses with her graying father (Eric) in a hotel lounge in a head and shoulders selfie.

July 17, 2019 Last issue, I wrote about one of the more painful parts of June’s General Synod of the United Church of Christ. Today, I’ll tell you about my favorite moment. It was not, I admit, anywhere on the meeting’s agenda. In fact, it didn’t happen in the plenary hall, or one of the […]

July 17, 2019 in Pastor's Corner Reflections by

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What I’m Thinking: Pause to Learn

The story of Mary and Martha usually sets up an argument between those who value the internal life of the soul, and those who live their faith in worldly service. But wouldn’t it benefit all of us to pause and learn from time to time? Here’s a transcript: I have two stories in mind this […]

July 15, 2019 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: Temple of the Kingdom

Stone paving a remnants of stone walls on a hilltop.

July 14, 2019Fifth Sunday after PentecostAmos 7:7-17 by Eric Anderson There are definitely days that I could skip right over the Book of the prophet Amos without regret. Actually, I could spend most of my days not reading the Book of Amos without regret. Because I usually regret reading from the Book of the prophet […]

July 14, 2019 in Sermons by

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Pastor’s Corner: Hard Conversations

A teenage girl stands at a microphone, with four other youth visible behind her, addressing General Synod.

July 3, 2019 How do we talk about things when the topic is hard? At last week’s General Synod of the United Church of Christ, we saw this question arise more than once. People in the Church don’t always agree about everything (I’m sure that’s no surprise to anyone), and sometimes deeply held values conflict […]

July 12, 2019 in Pastor's Corner Reflections by

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What I’m Thinking: Whose Sanctuary?

The prophet Amos was asked to leave his nation for criticizing the King in “the King’s sanctuary.” But whose was it, really? Here’s a transcript: I’m glad to be back in Hilo after a couple of weeks away. I spent a week at the General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, […]

July 7, 2019 in What I'm Thinking by

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