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Apr
Race and COVID-19 – United Church of Christ

Race and COVID-19 – United Church of Christ

When the pandemic started escalating in the U.S., I thought without thinking of it through the lens of my privilege. When someone wrote to me and asked why we hadn’t commented on the racism inherent in the spread of the virus, my first thought – I am embarrassed to say and yet readily admit –

23
Apr
Turning the Corner – United Church of Christ

Turning the Corner – United Church of Christ

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18 (NRSV) The news won’t stop and the death tolls climb.Light dims on another dream.Lab tests say it’s time to stop.The withdrawal can’t happen because the money isn’t there.Job applications keep receiving a “no.”Bed seems the only safe space. Circumstance

22
Apr

With the Voice of Thanksgiving

“But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you.” – Jonah 2:9 (NRSV) Jonah spoke those words from the belly of a whale. He’d been inside the creature for three days and three nights, after being thrown off a ship bound for Tarshish. Jonah wanted to escape from God’s call to go to

21
Apr
Time Out – United Church of Christ

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

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

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

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