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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.
What may be garbage to us may be precious to God, who was into recycling long before we ever heard that word.
I continue to think some contemporary spirituality conflates creation with Creator. And yet, saying nature has nothing to do with God is absurd.
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
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.
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
Faith rarely asks us to stand flat-footed with our heads above water. It beckons us to a point where we can't touch.
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.
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?
Jennifer Garrison Brownell
Jesus is here. Right now. Passing by.