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Iconography: The Persuasive Gaze

I am so glad to welcome Rev. Dr. Sandy Wylie back to preach and teach at UUMC this coming Sunday.  The topic of Sandy’s sermon and lecture after church will be something of great interest to me as well—Art and Faith.  One of my most treasured...

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The Score

For this final installment in the three part series of Perspectives in which I’ve been drawing reference to the first article I wrote in 2012 and an evaluation of its stated hopes that “we win” in 2012, I’ll share with you the “score.”  Last...

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We’re Winning….

Last week, I re-ran an article that I wrote at the beginning of 2012 in which I referenced the words of our Bishop, “I hope you win,” in relation to some key areas of church life. This year, as I look forward to another year of ministry here at...

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“I hope you win!”

Friends: For this first pastor’s perspective of 2013, I’d call our attention back to the first of 2012, which was one of my favorites of the year.  I wanted to remind you of it, becasue next week I’d like to share exactly how I...

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Ornamented Life

(Dear reader—as I have a lot on my plate, or as this article calls it, a “lot on one branch,” I’m going to recycle one of my newsletter articles I really enjoyed writing [and several of you mentioned to me you really enjoyed reading] for the new...

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A legacy of mission

The Methodist movement was born in the middle 18th century with mission at the heart of its purpose.  Some of the first actions of the “Holy Club,” a group that Charles and John Wesley organized with a few friends at Oxford University, were...

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Pledging with Purpose

Pledge Drive Update: Thanks to all the folks who responded so well to my “on the road the day before Thanksgiving” phone calls reminding previous years’ pledgers that we would hope to see them participate again. Though I’ve only “followed up”...

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Running the Race!

I imagine quite a few runners had the old spiritual, “Guide my Feet, as I Run This Race,” in their minds as they crossed the finish line at the Route 66 Marathon, thanks to the 90 or so churchfolks who gathered at the courtyard and sang to...

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Righteousness Exalteth a Nation

Wow—what a Sunday. We had 150 in attendance for the All Saint’s Sunday service, we had a full Great Hall to enjoy the fall harvest lunch that “Karen and Co.” (Karen Manera, Lana Howard, Jan Griffiths, and Carol Ghere) made for everyone, and then...

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Water of Life

It is certainly one of the most profoundly beautiful things I am privileged to do as a clergy person: baptizing children. As a sacrament, it is an ‘outward and visible sign of an inward and visible grace.’ But, I was awoken early this Sunday...

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