Brave Followers

When I was a young girl, I was obsessed with stories of missionaries! I wanted to be one… specifically in Africa, unfortunately in all of the stories I read, it was the men who were missionaries and their wives were teachers or nurses. And I did not want to be a teacher or a nurse……

Beloved and Brave

Many of you may know this poem: Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D. If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive. If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry…

Bravely Following the Star…

What would we do if we were brave? That question, raised by Rev Deborah Blood, the Executive Minister for the United Church of Christ in Maine, at the Annual Regional Meeting last year, has echoed in my head for months. Many of our churches live in fear: fear of the future, fear of not having…

A Glimpse of Holy

These past four weeks, the weeks of Advent, our worship has been focused on the 300th anniversary of Joy to the World. But we hadn’t sung it until tonight! For those of you who worship with us regularly, did the waiting for it make it extra special? Advent is a special time… four weeks of…

Giving Up or Gaining

With Christmas Day over, many people’s thoughts turn towards the new year. So many of us, myself included, often make New Year’s resolutions. You know, the kind that will turn you into a beautiful, healthy person with a great marriage, fulfilling career and well behaved children! I want to say go ahead and change your…

Choices

How many of you have seen this image this past week? A California church is displaying a nativity scene that depicts Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as refugees in cages. Claremont United Methodist Church converted the traditional nativity scene into the Holy Family being separated at the border and in cages. They have received a both…

And Mary Said Yes!

Well, good morning everyone. My, what a fine gathering! Do you recognize me without my blue shawl? You know me as Mary, although I was more commonly called by my Jewish name, Miriam. And this is the kind of thing I wore most days, not the blue of royalty, although I am honored that I…