Category Archives: Church

Down In the Valley

Christ sang to me today through Mandy’s beautiful voice, and later in the sermon Christ spoke a word to my condition.

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Nursery in the Sanctuary

At Linda’s church she has turned a corner of their sanctuary into a children’s area where they remain as their parents and grandparents worship. This space is where the organ used to be, to the right of the lectern. An … Continue reading

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Five Reasons People Are Turned Off By Church

Jacci Turner on five reasons people get turned off by church and Christianity. 1. Christianity got hijacked in the 70s and 80s by the Moral Majority as a right wing political movement and they “don’t want to be painted with … Continue reading

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A Busy Month Begins

A long Saturday. Assisting with the SERRV Shop in the morning, officiating at a funeral in the afternoon, and helping decorate the church in the evening. Plus a hospital visit. Thus a busy month begins. I started using a new … Continue reading

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‘Among the muddled middle’

Elaine Robinson attended the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, a quadrennial assembly that ended last week.  From the brief accounts I have read, it was a fractured and frustrating experience for most delegates.  Here is her reflection: Yet, … Continue reading

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The Silence Is Not Empty (Slice of Infinity)

[Jill Carattini writes about silence in Holy Week, focusing on Holy Saturday.  I took James Loder, whom she references, for a psychology class at Princeton.] The Silence Is Not Empty Gordon Hempton is of the opinion that you can count … Continue reading

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Spiritual and Religious

Diana Butler Bass on a significant change in statistics: What is new? In my research, it’s the “ands.” Those who say they are “spiritual and religious.” In 1999, 54 percent of Americans said they were “religious but not spiritual,” while … Continue reading

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