Grief and Pressure

For many families across the Seattle area, the big news this week has been around school. Due to the high levels of Covid-19 in the area, most of our public schools have made the announcement that education will be all remote in the fall. For some this has been a relief, worrying...
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We Have This

One of the most consistent guidances I have received in life is to always be authentic in my interactions with others. To be authentic means to be exactly who I am, to speak from my heart, and to do so with an air of confidence. In my experience, coming into myself as a full...
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Stop And Breathe

I know that the first week in July has been when we officially turn the corner to “real summer” here in the Seattle area. Everywhere else I have lived in my life, you would describe the month of July with words like “blistering,” “muggy,” “humid,” “oppressively hot,” and “please...
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God Does Not Get Weary

“God is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. God does not faint or grow weary; God’s understanding is unsearchable. God gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary and the young will fall exhausted; but those...
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Black Lives Matter

Dear Church, At this point I am receiving notifications from every brand I ever gave my email to, on their stance on racism. As much as I would say “the stance of the church on racism is clear,” the history of the Church universal has not borne that out. This week, when the...
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The Holy Spirit Coming to a Room Near You

Dear Church, We know that there has been a lot of talk in the news about churches pushing to gather again for in person worship. I would anticipate that we will hear more news as time goes ahead. We feel the deep yearning to gather together, but throughout this time, deeper than...
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Words and Conversation Partners

For many years, I have never been known as a person of few words. As you know, I grew up in the South where even short words have many syllables. I witnessed this art of communication in stories told by members of my family, especially by one of my late aunts. In my minds’ eye, I...
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The Work of the Church

Hello Church Family, Even as we step into Phase 1 of re-entering the new normal, this new way of living–of doing literally EVERYTHING in and from our homes, feels brand new and at the same time, like we have been doing this forever. At this time, we have held virtual...
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Palm Sunday Then and Now

Thousands of years ago, individuals and families were planning their pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the annual celebration of Passover.  Jesus was making arrangements to secure a donkey for his ride into Jerusalem as the “Prince of Peace.”  The authorities were on the look out for...
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