Category Archives: Weekly Ponderings

a weekly pondering shared with the congregation

Patriarchy’s Seed

Pondering patriarchy’s seed at SCOTUS this week…. http://www.riverwater.net/hidden-plain-sight-seed-patriarchy-cooper-scotus/

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Stones: Bloomberg, Young Parents, and the limits of the Ally

Mayor Bloomberg is having some powerful blow back this week, though a guy with his track record is probably used to it. The media courting NYC mayor was outed in a Salon article about the vested interest of uber-wealthy entrepeneurs … Continue reading

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Watching Schindler’s List: Removing Blinders for Lent

Last night I joined the millions of Americans who’ve experienced Spielberg’s magnum opus, Schindler’s List.  It was the twentieth anniversary of this renowned movie and I confess that it took twenty years to find the courage to watch. While devoid … Continue reading

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revolution seed or brass ring?

If this month’s PBS lineup is any indication, American’s are intrigued by the extremes of wealth and poverty, at least the historical ones. Downton Abbey fans are in mourning at the end of Season 3, an indication of the degree … Continue reading

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beyond “our savior”

Yesterday I drove past a neighborhood church sporting the sign, “Jesus paid the price… you can keep the change.”  Disconcerting was the dissonance between the progressive denomination (United Church of Christ) and the regressive theology invoked (sacrificial atonement).  Having walked … Continue reading

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in the spring of the year… in remembrance of George

Once upon a time when I was a young math teacher in a small college town, I lived in the upstairs apartment of an old house and an interesting grad student lived downstairs. Don had a bumpersticker on his refrigerator … Continue reading

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rearview mirrors

The bane and blessing of aging is the growing collection of rearview mirrors.  The mirrors are precious because they hold the sweet memories of our baby’s touch and the first kiss of our beloved.  The mirrors are also painful as … Continue reading

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Swan Song – A Closing Sermon

1. Swan Song A swansong is the exquisite burst of music at the close of a silent life, at least according to ancient legends about the swan. So it is with amusement that after a lifetime of making words come … Continue reading

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In the River

A story is told of an old man who falls into a raging river just above the rapids.  His friends frantically reach for him as the current carries him toward danger.  Helpless they watch as his lifeless body is plunged … Continue reading

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A Sewing Story

“In my end is my beginning.”  – T.S. Eliot On Friday I received the news: my sewing machine was irreparable.  It was a simple machine and old, but it represents so much of who I am that as I listened … Continue reading

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