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Violins and hope

Last Sunday after worship, several members of Amistad Chapel UCC traveled to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in an eastern suburb of Cleveland to view –– to experience –– the special exhibit, “Violins of Hope,” a collection of restored violins that “survived” the concentration camps of World War II. 


Gratitude

James Moore tells a story in one of his books about being invited one evening after a speaking engagement to have dinner with a family in their home. 


Ten Ways to Become More Grateful

How do we “Give thanks in all circumstances” 1 Thessalonians 5:18?


Going Out with Style

Fall is a truly beautiful time of year. 


A Place to Belong

Recently, I spent a few days in a lovely Midwestern state park with a group of United Church of Christ and Presbyterian faith formation specialists.


Outdoing One Another

November is stewardship season, the time in which most congregations, if not all, feel budget-bound to focus members’ attention on giving. So, listen up. 


Let Jesus take the wheel?

Metaphors are important. The gospels use metaphors to describe what the kingdom of heaven is like: a mustard seed, yeast, seeds in a field, hidden treasure, fine pearls, or a net thrown into the ocean (Matthew 13).


Creating an intimate, online faith community

On Sunday, Oct. 4, World Communion Sunday, I had the chance to engage with a small group of people in one of the most meaningful Bible conversations I have ever had.


Can we imagine mercy?

My favorite moment of the papal visit was Pope Francis greeting his longtime friend, a gay man, and the man's partner during a private visit in the embassy.


Drive Like a Girl

I was flipping through television channels when a commercial caught my attention.