Sabbath

It is a joy to take time with family and travels and it is also a joy to return. I have been in Maryland visiting my spouse Josh’s extended family, with lots of baseball and fireflies. And in the midst of it, I have been thinking about the difference between a vacation and...
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Aloha and Mahalo

Aloha and Mahalo!  Hello and gratitude from Hawai’i!  What an amazing Western Regional Youth Event (WRYE) we attended last week in Honolulu.    Seven of our youth (and 2 chaperones) joined over 400 participants from the western states of the UCC.     Despite sun-burn and...
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Separation and Unity

The past week’s events have reminded us how change occurs slowly in some areas and quickly in others. On Saturday, progressive faith communities from Bellevue came together and celebrated God’s inclusive love in our sanctuary.  It was a small, but mighty service.  We...
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SafeConduct Congregational Conversation

The SafeConduct team invites you to join a conversation on welcome, accountability, and how we navigate complex issues in our life together. Since January, the SafeConduct team has been working to revise our existing SafeConduct policy from 2010. We have been working to address...
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Movement

Alice Paul said, “I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.” This quote describes perfectly who we are as a faith community, pieces of and one beautiful, mosaic. As pieces, we make...
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Youth Sunday: Illuminate

May 6th is Youth Sunday! Our youth conscientiously chose songs for their inspiring lyrics and wrote prayers to reflect what ails their hearts.  Their ardent words of reflection are calls to action.  And of course, these teenagers are talented singers and musicians.   Steph...
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God With Skin On

The phrase “God With Skin On” comes from the story of a little boy who was frightened one night during a big thunderstorm. Terrified, he called out from his room, “Daddy, I’m scared!”  His father, not wanting to get out of bed, called back,...
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Blooming

Last fall, the Stewardship Committee gave out daffodil and tulip bulbs, to symbolize our gifts to the church that bloom with time. Folks from the church were invited to plant them at home, or here in some of our beds at the church. And now it is exciting to see the things that...
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Illuminate

  The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. One such representation in Christian iconography is the notion of wholeness.  On Youth Retreat last weekend, we began our gathering by discussing what realities of our modern society break us apart—what keeps us from...
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