Author: First Congregational UCC

21
Apr

Time Out – United Church of Christ

God provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed… – Jonah 1:17-2:1 (NRSV) Jonah was in a time-out. He was supposed to convert a city chock-full of notorious heathens, but decided it was mission impossible. So he got

20
Apr

So Much Leaven – United Church of Christ

Jesus told them, “The realm of heaven is like yeast…” – Matthew 13:33 87% of what Jesus had to say was about choosing how to react to your feelings. Have an enemy you hate? Choose to act lovingly toward them. That sort of thing. In the language of 90s-era pop psychology, it’s about moving our

19
Apr

Facing a Crisis of Health and Inequality

In the past few weeks, it has become apparent that the present moment necessitates a war on inequality as much as a war on the coronavirus. Members of the working class bear disproportionate dangers from virus exposure – whether they are riding the subway to work, serving as nurses lacking recommended protective gear, or working

19
Apr

Doubting Thomas – United Church of Christ

So the other disciples told Thomas, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” – John 20:25 (NIV) I was in a severely emotionally abusive

18
Apr

He Called My Name – United Church of Christ

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me…” – John 20:16 (NRSV) There’s a difference between resurrection as a doctrine, and resurrection as word addressed to us, with our name on it. We may sing the Easter hymns

17
Apr

Last of All, Also to Me

Christ died, was buried, and was raised on the third day; then he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters. Last of all, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to