From the Moderator: Our True Nature

On a beautiful day in October 1995 my kids and I walked up to Coit Tower, and San Francisco’s marauding parrots flew in, shrieking and squawking.  It was thrilling and today the three of us remember everything about it. For many years a fellow named Mark Bittner had been feeding...

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Easter Spirit

Easter is almost here, the Lenten journey leading to the surprising sunrise revelation of resurrection life. I just love Easter, especially here at church, with the dogwood beginning to bloom, the brass sounding and choir singing out alleluias, and the can’t be beat story of love’s big turnaround from tragedy...

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Spirit Led, Spirit Fed

Are you ready? The Spirit’s moving, stirring up Pentecost spirit here, and it’s a spirit of transformation, for sure. I love the story of Pentecost, which I never really got growing up – didn’t hear much about it. It’s a huge moment in the life of very fledgling Christian community,...

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Thank God for Easter!

Thank God for Easter. Literally, thank God for Easter! A sudden plot twist to end all plot twists, and smack dab in the place you’d least expect it, a wasteland of sorrow, new life shows up. Incredible. Whatever you believe about resurrection, there’s no denying a dramatic history-changing shift really...

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All for Love… Love for All

You just can’t beat the gospel story for drama. If you were going to make a graph, it’d be all peaks and valleys – highs and lows compressed with hardly any smooth easy stretches in between. Turn the page past the joy of Jesus’ manger birth and suddenly we’re onto...

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Help and Hope

These are such tumultuous times. We’ve seen hurricanes destroy, and fires rage, floods rush in, and the scramble to pull people from earthquake rubble. Add to that head-spinning news on the political front, all this can be overwhelming, and strain the moorings of fortitude and faith. Staying centered, keeping spiritual...

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Why Church?

Soon after I went through a divorce, when my children were still little, I came to a realization. There’s really no such thing as a single parent. You can’t do it alone. Other caregivers, other loving adults, be they family, friends, teachers, mentors all have a vital role to play....

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Hurray for Summer!

Then followed that beautiful season…Summer!…. Filled with the air of a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow       Summer is here, hurray! Beckoning us out of routine and into time to savor simple joys, to ...

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