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Ponder: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecc. 3:1 Some days I see the world through the prison bars of my own time. When has the beauty or tragedy of world news or the tender daily life of my next-door neighbor been dimly perceived and seen only through the stark clock of my obligations?

Pray: God, give me a time for the babies and a time for those who are dying, a time for the gardeners and a time for the green-activists, a time for boycotts and a time for negotiations. I have my own weeping and laughing times down pat – open my heart to the dancing, embracing, losing, silence time of others close to me and far away. Amen.

Written by Maren C. Tirabassi. Photo credit Sue B. Donnelly

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December 17, 2014
The United Church of Christ has made significant strides in becoming a Multi-Cultural/Multi-Racial, Open and Affirming, Accessible to All church. As we strive for these ideals of inclusion and wholeness, however, we continue to be plagued by bias, both conscious and unconscious.
August 18, 2014
Dear Theo,
I have been attending a new church. I love the worship, and the people are nice enough, but I am having a hard time getting past the surface and finding real friends. As an introvert, coffee hour terrifies me. When I do manage to go, I only make it about 10 feet into the parish hall, and give it about five wrenching minutes before I flee. It pains me to see all those people laughing and having fun, and having to feel on the outside of things.

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December 21, 2014
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