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Three Learnings on the Occasion of my 40th Ordination Anniversary

Donna Schaper

I am so glad I never figured out how to color within the lines or paint by numbers.

Like A Breath of Fresh Air

Kenneth L. Samuel

Unity in the midst of wide-spread diversity is the greatest challenge we face in our communities, in our nation and in our world today.

Gather Up the Duct Tape

Talitha Arnold

A sock, a hose, wire, and duct tape. What a great image of the God who, in a UCC Easter prayer, "gathers up the fragments of our lives and creates new possibilities."

Deep Water

Matt Laney

Imagine what Peter, a professional fisherman, thought when carpenter Jesus decided to dispense some free, unsolicited advice on fishing.


Mary Luti

"I know he suffered for us, in our place. What I want to ask him is why we have to suffer. Why we still have to suffer so much!"

Sprint or Marathon?

Emily C. Heath

The Christian life is a long journey, full of challenge, full of opportunities to quit. There are times when you wonder "is this worth it"?


Matt Fitzgerald

Here's a middle-aged complaint: a bumper sticker offends me. 

Simple Church

Anthony B. Robinson

I have a feeling that this busy—too busy—church may be coming to an end, dying, in our own time. I have a sense that there's a yearning, deep and beyond easy articulation, for something we might call "simple church."

Pay it Forward

Molly Baskette

Charity can do a lot of good, but charity also sometimes brings dented castoffs from the back of the pantry to the food drive and calls it love.

Sometimes Spirits Need Shelters

Maren C. Tirabassi

Ellie adapted and adjusted to limitations caused by aging, redefining loss as opportunity.