United Church of Christ

Books of the Bible: Matthew

Donna Schaper

What if it is true that it would cost less to resolve poverty than it does to sustain it?  What if it was true that it would cost less to resolve the environmental crisis than to sustain it?


Molly Baskette

At church, the hub of much of our spiritual practice, how many of us talk exclusively about the "work" of the church? We often treat the stuff we do at church as a kind of bitter endurance contest.


Somewhere along the way Palm Sunday became Palm/Passion Sunday.


I suddenly realized I never had the faintest notion what it feels like to be truly ostracized by an entire community and I still don't.


This, in essence, is what we whisper in the ear of anyone who comes to be baptized: "You are God's beloved." Those are the first words we hear. That is who we are.


Why do we sometimes choose one part of ourselves over another - as if active and passive resistance, love and anger are opposites?


So many things are done easily the moment you can do them at all. But till then, simply impossible, like learning to swim.


People have different philosophies of packing.


There's a neat trick to folding the palm fronds in just the right way so that they become crosses. Let's turn our palms into crosses so we won't be tempted to use them as swords.


The word “creed” comes from the Latin “credo,” which means “I believe.” It’s a statement of faith, an attempt to capture in words the essence of the content of the faith.