Monthly Archives: October 2006

crusades and crusaders

Leading the crusade for Amendment 2 and the protection of stem cell research in Missouri are altruistic philanthropists. Leading the charge against not only the amendment but against research as well are equally well intended church leaders. Will the real … Continue reading

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the new purple

Red is the new purple in St. Louis. I was talking with a friend today about the game tonight. I remarked that one of the delights for me in this particular World Series is that I can’t lose. I am … Continue reading

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the sister

My family of origin is shifting between gears. Sometimes I think we need a new clutch. I have three brothers. One is the over achiever, one the talented under achiever, and one the black sheep. (I’ll leave it to them … Continue reading

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our statement of purpose

Just prior to yesterday’s Governing Body meeting I decided that it would be helpful to gather and share the various statements (of faith) that had been generated by our congregation in the past decade. The project turned out to be … Continue reading

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toward honest dialogue

I am deeply troubled by the religious voices of opposition to Amendment 2. I spent a perfectly marvelous day with the women’s groups of two of our Webster Groves UCC churches (First Congregational and Evangelical) touring south city St. Louis … Continue reading

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buddhist republicans and legalistic democrats

Discernment is a Quaker discipline that can be used to help one make a decision. The process is simple, the one facing the decision gathers with a handful of friends who ask questions. Believing that the direction we seek lies … Continue reading

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hate speech in the name of Jesus

A friend received an anonymous envelope this week with a cartoon tract inside. He was very offended and brought it to show me. I winced as I flipped through the cartoons, remembering a time in my younger life when I … Continue reading

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Musings from No One

Dear friends, We receive a lot of bulk mail at church that lands quickly in the recycle box. I learned early in ministry that a postmark of Waco TX best not be opened. (There are a LOT of fundamentalist publishers … Continue reading

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the god character

The first two chapters of Job are our Old Testament reading for Sunday. I started to read the text with no small amount of dread. The Job story is a familiar one, the embodiement of theodicy, Kushner’s “Why do bad … Continue reading

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