Fellowship

In very Biblical fashion, I was reminded of the impending due date for this guest blog not by a calendar item dinging on my phone, but in a dream right before waking this morning. I was dreaming that my church was gathered together in a...

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Storm

While reading my March 1 issue of The Christian Century, I noticed a call for submissions to a writing contest for first-person narratives related to the theme of “storm.”  The experience of a particular storm in 2001 is a component...

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The Johnson Act

This month, Pastor’s Perspective is a sample of printed questions/responses taken from an interview by Trent Gibbons at  TU’s student newspaper, The Collegian, with UUMC’s Reverend Nathan Mattox on the Johnson Act. The Johnson Amendment prohibits...

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Where God Lives

A couple Sundays ago, I placed a picture I had taken in 2003 on the communion table face up but unseen by the congregation. I used the picture as an illustration for Scott Bruner and Cindy Hartman, whom I had invited to “come and see”...

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Time for Interfaith Hospitality

Pastor’s Perspective For some time, I’ve envisioned our church as being well situated to be instrumental in projects and               conversations that promote greater interfaith understanding. Perhaps we could even be the United...

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An Expansive Thankfulness

As we make plans to be in the company of family and friends, or perhaps taking a day to volunteer so that others may know the blessings of this holiday more fully, I am reminded of a little tidbit from John Calvin’s Institutes that I read...

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Civility, Humility, and Politics

This November, I’ll have been voting for 20 years. That first year I voted was when I was 18, and it was the election of 1996. My interest in our political process had been active since I was a child, but was particularly ignited when in 1992 my...

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Achieving Justice

I was struck by the headline of the Tulsa World this morning, echoing Police Chief Jordan’s words following the killing of Terence Crutcher by a Tulsa Police officer. “We will achieve justice in this case.” Perhaps it was just a turn of phrase...

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Stretching, Not Tearing.

I just finished meeting with Bishop Karen Oliveto, a woman whose name you have possibly seen lately in the news. Some believe her election, in the words of our Bishop, Robert Hayes, who wrote to us this week, “tears at the covenant that connects...

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