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The Bread of Angels

Talitha Arnold

In the congregation I serve, perhaps as in yours, there are people who also offer the "bread of angels" in wilderness times. We call them the Parish Life helpers and the Congregational Care Team. You may use a different name.


"Holy Fear"

Richard L. Floyd

The fear of God is not a very popular idea these days, at least not in the UCC, probably as a reaction to various unhealthy fear-based versions of the faith.


The Dump and the Church

Tony Robinson

What may be garbage to us may be precious to God, who was into recycling long before we ever heard that word.


Nature Talks About God

Matt Fitzgerald

I continue to think some contemporary spirituality conflates creation with Creator. And yet, saying nature has nothing to do with God is absurd.


St. Anne

Mary Luti

If early Christians in the East hadn't believed that scripture was about people just like them, they wouldn't have insisted that Jesus, who they knew had a mother, should also have a grandmother, and invented one for him, St. Anne


Blessing Everything

Molly Baskette

There are so many people hungry for good news and good liturgy and radical community, people who want to learn how to pray, and who need places where they can bring their whole selves in, with their doubts and their heresies and their spiritual wounds.


Worn Down

John Edgerton

I believe the world is full of "thin places," places where the boundary between heaven and earth is permeable and the presence of God is almost palpable


The Deep End

Vince Amlin

Faith rarely asks us to stand flat-footed with our heads above water. It beckons us to a point where we can't touch.


Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin?

Matt Laney

I've never been a fan of the dictum: "Love the sinner, hate the sin." It always struck me as a way to feign love for someone right before kicking them in the teeth.


The Stuff of God

Martin B. Copenhaver

Some stuff is not exactly stuff, but something more.  For instance:  The "Best Chicken Feeder Award" given to our son at his preschool, which was a working farm.  How could we possibly get rid of that?