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    advent journal: spread peace

    by  • December 10, 2017 • advent journal, music, peace • 3 Comments

    As the second week of Advent begins, the light moves from hope to peace. The practice of Advent grows out of church tradition rather than anything Jesus said or did, or anything in the Bible. I don’t know the story of how the weeks became identified—hope, peace, joy, and love—or how the order was...

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    advent journal: songs of hope

    by  • December 7, 2017 • advent journal, hope, music • 1 Comment

    I spent some time looking for songs about hope in my music library tonight, in search of something beyond the songs I go to first. Here’s what I found. The first is from the Milk Carton Kids, who are sort of Simon and Garfunkel for a new century. Their song is called “Hope of...

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    advent journal: holding the door

    by  • December 6, 2017 • advent journal, hope • 4 Comments

    Two or three times on Facebook today I saw a picture posted of an engraved quote at the FDR Memorial in Washington DC. It reads, The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have...

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    advent journal: commas of care

    by  • December 5, 2017 • advent journal, hope, kindness • 4 Comments

    For a long time now, the comma has been an important symbol for the United Church of Christ. You have to love a denomination that finds metaphor in punctuation. The idea started with the “God Is Still Speaking” campaign that played off of a Gracie Allen quote—“Never put a period where God has placed...

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    advent journal: one voice

    by  • December 4, 2017 • advent journal, community, hope, music • 6 Comments

    One of the records that has been in heavy rotation at our house is Fifteen by The Wailin’ Jennys. (There are so many anachronisms in that sentence.) It is a record of cover songs, and specifically songs about grief and sorrow. They have the awesome audacity to sing Emmylou Harris’ “Boulder to Birmingham,” Warren...

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    advent journal: hope

    by  • December 3, 2017 • advent journal, america, fear, hope • 19 Comments

    As Advent begins, I wonder how Christ can be born again in our time and in our culture. Yet Luke starts his story by noting that Quirinius was governor of Syria, and he made Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem because Augustus declared a change in the tax plan. They were surrounded by wars...

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    from this window . . .

    by  • September 18, 2017 • community, faith, sermon • 7 Comments

    “From This Window . . .” A Sermon for Westbrook Congregational Church UCC Genesis 22:1-14 September 17, 2017 I was a high school English teacher for a number of years. When I had to be out of the classroom, I tried to leave lesson plans for the substitute that were easy to implement. I...

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