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Our Way of Thinking

by Faith UCC

Brothers and Sisters in Christ!  Christ has made this relationship to one another eternally permanent.  Whether or not we want to admit it, all of us are joined together by God, through Christ, with every single living, breathing soul on earth.   But these days, if we gaze out over the landscape of our world, […]

It’s That Time of Year

by Faith UCC

September’s here, the new football season’s upon us, and people near and far are buying game tickets, planning tailgate and watch parties, and holding their fantasy football league drafts. I’m one who falls into the latter category of football season preppers.  Starting out decades ago in a league in Madison, I now play fantasy football […]

Optimism vs Hope

by Faith UCC

A diagnosis of cancer can knock anyone for a loop. As I’ve sat at hospital bedsides or in homes with parishioners who’ve received that news, or as I’ve talked with family members who received that diagnosis, sometimes there’s shock and sorrow that’s difficult to articulate. When my sister-in-law received her colon and liver cancer diagnosis, […]

Love over Anger

by Faith UCC

One of my favorite hymns is, “God of Grace and God of Glory.” The melody is strong and confident. The lyrics petition God’s presence and intervention “for the living of these days” and “the facing of this hour,” so we won’t miss God’s Kingdom goal and we will not fail brothers, sisters or God. I’ve […]

June 2018

by Faith UCC

Don’t know if you heard, but there was a little wedding held a few weeks ago, across the pond.  A young couple, Harry and Meghan got married in a little chapel in a castle, constructed between 1070 and 1086 in Windsor, England.  Six hundred guests worshipped and witnessed their exchange of vows in the chapel […]

May 2018

by Faith UCC

Back in World War II, a young man named, Jürgen Moltmann was drafted to serve in Hitler’s army. He was assigned to an anti-aircraft unit.  While on assignment, he saw many things people should never have to see—like fellow soldiers being burned to death in fire bombings.   When Germany surrendered, he was taken to […]

April 2018

by Faith UCC

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.” John 20:1 Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, along with Mary the mother of James and Salome, found an  empty tomb. […]

March 2018

by Faith UCC

Dr. David H. C. Read, one of my seminary professors, once preached a sermon entitled, “Unfinished Easter,” suggesting that the end of the Easter story is written in our lives.  At the end of the sermon, Dr. Read suggests that “the pen is in our hands,” and we are the ones who write the end […]

February 2018

by Faith UCC

Theologian and author, Frederick Buechner, has this wonderful gift.  He makes ideas about God and Christ accessible to all.  He asks just the right questions that provide plenty of food for thought about discipleship and what it means to claim Christ, Lord.   In his book, Whistling in the Dark:  An ABC Theologized, he offered […]

January 2018

by Faith UCC

The commercials have been ramping up since the time the Black Friday ads started filling tv and computer screens. The end of one year means the beginning of another and all those resolutions that we’re encouraged to make: Stop smoking Lose weight Start exercising Get organized Clean out the closets Start saving money Read more […]