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Churches Communication 3

The Center for Progressive Renewal has been a great ally and resource leading churches into the 21st century. Carol Howard Merritt wrote in a recent blog about “Popping the Communication Bubble:” “Most of our communication at church occurs with one another. It’s all important—requests for prayer, gratitude for volunteers, and planning for events. Yet, as […]

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Churches Communication 2

The Center for Progressive Renewal has been a great ally and resource leading churches into the 21st century. Carol Howard Merritt wrote in a recent blog about “Popping the Communication Bubble:” “Most of our communication at church occurs with one another. It’s all important—requests for prayer, gratitude for volunteers, and planning for events. Yet, as […]

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Churches Communication 1

The Center for Progressive Renewal has been a great ally and resource leading churches into the 21st century. Carol Howard Merritt wrote in a recent blog about “Popping the Communication Bubble:” “Most of our communication at church occurs with one another. It’s all important—requests for prayer, gratitude for volunteers, and planning for events. Yet, as […]

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Celebrate Union’s Open and Affirming Proclamation

Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week! May 7th is especially wonderful because we will celebrate Union’s Open and Affirming proclamation. It’s been 10 years, church, since you made the bold decision to proclaim to the neighborhood around us, to St. Louis Park, to Minnesota, and to the whole church, “YOU are […]

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Hope and Purpose

This Sunday’s focus scripture is from the gospel according to Luke 24: 13-35. It’s the story about what happened on the road to Emmaus. Renowned Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan made a profound statement about this text. “Emmaus never happened,” Crossan wrote. “Emmaus always happens.” What we are invited to grapple with in that statement […]

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Wonderful Easter

Happy Easter! Yes, it’s still Easter even though Sunday is past. And speaking of Sunday, what a wonderful experience having 165 people at worship (10+ children)! Many of you probably remember more Sundays like this, but church is different now. There is an entire generation of young people who never went to Sunday school, and […]

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Paradox of Spring

It’s an odd paradox of April to see inches of wet snow attempt to push down the nearly-blooming tulips, to coat the green buds on lilac bushes, and frost the tree branches. And then in a matter of hours … the sky clears to reveal dazzling sunshine and blue sky! As I read through the […]

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Parade – a Celebration or a Demonstration

I’m finally ready to admit it’s Spring! The lilac bushes outside my office window are lit up with tiny, bright green tips like a bush of magic wands challenging my doubt. From winter’s sleeping comes new growth – how amazing! It’s equally hard to believe that Palm Sunday is THIS week. I hope you can […]

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Understanding Human Divisiveness

In Sunday’s sermon, I shared the story of Megan Phelps-Roper and how she left her home church, Westboro Baptist. Her experience of compassion illustrates the compassion Jesus shows when he makes an opportunity for understanding in the midst of human divisiveness. Here are Megan’s four ways of engaging people so that real conversations can take […]

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Seeing,Healing, Finding, Believing

A story is told of a couple who lived in a small, remote community on the west coast of Vancouver Island. One day the community was rocked by the news of a single woman’s suicide. Sometime later, the couple was relating the story to some relatives. “The worst thing is,” one of them said, “we […]

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