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We are called to be witnesses against hate

June 19 — I awoke this morning to two news alerts on my phone: both describing fatal attacks against Muslims. Early this morning in London, a man used a vehicle to plow through a crowd of Muslim worshippers who were just finishing their evening prayers for Ramadan near the Finsbury Park Mosque. While more details have yet to emerge, there seems to be…

Jesus and the Tiny Donut Holes

From the blog of Annie Turner — We are in the run-up to Easter, and it always makes the hair on the nape of my neck stand up. It is so definitely not fun. I’m one of those people for whom saying even the Stations of the Cross is equivalent to getting a Root Canal done without Novocain. I just can’t do…

A lesson in acceptance at Micky D’s

By ANN TURNER — Does it seem at times as if we have fallen through the rabbit hole in “Alice in Wonderland”? The things which we took for granted:       –health care      –protections for workers      –clean air      –an end to coal      –respect for women’s bodies      –protections for the LGBTQ community…

Kindle The Fires — Part II

My dear siblings, brothers, and sisters, On February 26th – – the final Sunday before Lent – – I preached about our need to kindle the fires that are within our bones. Each one of us possesses God-given gifts that we are called to share, and so many of us are passionate about a wide variety of social justice causes. Like the…

Making Face Time with God

Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. – Exodus 33:11 Embedded in the loveliness of this image—God and Moses hanging out in the tent of meeting, chilling and catching up like a couple of old pals—are two of the saddest words in the English language: “used to.”  They hint at loss, decline, a…