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Disruption

Posted by molly on 29 May 2014

Hello Beloved,

I love God (which is helpful, when you have a job like mine). But one of my greatest disappointments in God is the fact of entropy. People fall apart, things break. It's all so inefficient. I am constantly getting interrupted on my way from here to there by the unexpected, and my dream of getting through my to-do list so 'I can finally relax' is thwarted daily.

And you know what? Jesus suffers from this listus interruptus too. Countless times, in the Gospels, Jesus is on his way from here to there, and gets distracted, even from genuine emergencies, by other people's needs. Sometimes, he seems to sigh loudly when this happens. But he also, always, seems to know that he is working on God's time, and surrenders to it.

This week's scripture story is one such case of a disruptive God and a demanding clientele. What does it have to teach us about how we think about disruption in our own lives? When we are broken out of a spiritual reverie or the demands of already full schedules by the needs of others, stranger and friend, do we accept the invitation as a gift from God or shrug it off as a nuisance? 

And, this being a recovery Sunday, we'll reflect on Step 12: which is not a "graduation" step, but a commencement--an invitation to repeat, return, refresh one's own recovery by being a person for others. 

Jesse S. is our newbie liturgist! Pray for him. Choir sings, we will enjoy communion together--and remember to bring a little (or a lot) of something for the Food Pantry grocery cart so our neighbors can feast, too.

In the late afternoon, after church, at 5pm: we'll have buttered popcorn and watch Twelve Years a Slave together. If you, like me, have been anxious to watch it alone--come watch it in community, and follow it up by having meaningful truthful conversation about race as it plays in our cultural history and in our church future. 

bless you, and may you be a blessing,
Molly

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Above and Beyond Campaign

Posted by molly on 29 May 2014

Beloved, the renovation of our tired 102-year-old building is well underway! Our community has been SO generous in giving to make our building the space we--and our spiritual descendents--deserve. And now, with a clear view of the path ahead, we know exactly how much more money it will take to execute on our vision. See below, a summary of the Defying Gravity: Above and Beyond Campaign 1.5. 

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Our Siblings' Keepers

Posted by molly on 22 May 2014

Hello Beloved,

The story of Cain and Abel is well known to us, even those of us not raised in church. It’s an appalling story--one sibling murdering another--and yet, who among us has not been, at least once, thrown into a murderous rage by the people in closest proximity to us? I want to be more like you.

The scariest part of the story is Cain’s chilling response to God’s question, "Where is your brother?” Cain answers, cavalierly, “I do not know, am I my brother’s keeper?”

This story raises the questions: how should we love each other? What do we do when our families are too hard, and we feel like we can’t help each other--how do we at least keep from hurting each other?

And other, bigger questions: who are our brothers, and sisters, and siblings? Is it inevitable that in an ever-expanding social media universe, the more people we know, the less 'valuable' each one becomes? Is there such a thing as having "too many" siblings in Christ? How can we remember and keep track of all the people God has given us to "keep"--like the 200 Nigerian girls, kidnapped weeks ago now?

It's an All Ages Sunday--so I'll treat these questions with a light touch, and I'll also be telling a folk tale from Liberia as part of the sermon.

Rebecca H (perhaps with Eva and/or Celia for company) is our able liturgist! Our Intergenerational Choir (all ages and abilities--really!) debuts--come at 9am rehearsal to sing with us! 

bless you, and may you be a blessing,
Molly

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Easter Beloved Community

Posted by Rev. Jeff on 15 May 2014

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Molly's Sabbatical FAQ

Posted by molly on 13 May 2014

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Darkness and Light

Posted by molly on 7 May 2014

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The UCC goes to court for marriage equality and religious freedom!

Posted by Jeff on 1 May 2014

Beloved,

Just in case you don't get the once-a-week newsletter (sign up here: http://eepurl.com/myHlj), we wanted to let you know that....
On Monday our denomination, The United Church of Christ, filed a landmark lawsuit in U.S. District Court arguing that North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage restricts freedom of religion. This is a great moment for our church - one that is deeply rooted in our history and makes a powerful statement against bigotry and discrimination today.

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Above and Beyond

Posted by molly on 1 May 2014

Beloved!

Rabbit rabbit! Happy May Day. This is the season when it’s sooooo easy to see resurrection all around us—when we ourselves hopefully, finally, start to cast off winter sleepiness and crankiness and feel the sap rise in our veins, and feel that all things are possible, thanks be to God.

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