On a recent, beautiful morning in May, I felt such gratitude for belonging to the United Church of Christ. On that Friday morning, I joined other national staff in a peaceful walk to pray first in front of the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland, and then on the steps of City Hall.
Patrick G. Duggan
No, this is not a plug for General Synod 30 (but it could be!).
Someone asked me this week, "How do I find peace? I just feel so unmoored, so adrift but drowning in busyness. I can’t pack anymore things into my day, but I feel so unsatisfied with my life." I am hearing this a lot these days.
Bishop Yvette Flunder spoke her now well-known phrase "Bring wood to the fire" in a discussion several years ago with national staff and others on starting new churches.
Rev. Beth Long-Higgins
Things aren’t so different for the church. How will the church be responsive to the needs of older populations the world over?
About 15 years ago, I spent a delightful evening in Denver with a group of seminary professors. They were not the reason the evening was delightful. The evening was enjoyable because we attended a performance by a local improv group. This was my first experience with improv and I found it intriguing and very funny.
J. Bennett Guess
If I speak like I know everything, like the world revolves around me, but I don’t love, I am nothing but a fool at a microphone.
Call me odd if you’d like, but I like spring cleaning.
I spent most of the month of February cleaning out my elderly parent’s home in Florida. I was the last one out of the house after the movers and cleaners left, and I wandered around looking in each of the rooms, making sure nothing had been left behind.
Kathryn Matthews Huey
I may sound like I'm writing this week's message only for preachers, who just faced the formidable task of speaking once again about the Resurrection, that most astonishing claim at the heart of Christian faith, that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.