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Pastor’s September Column

How do we commemorate the past? That question is front and center in our civic as well as religious life. Currently, we are engaged in an increasingly-tangled debate about what to do with monuments to the Confederacy. Also, this October marks the 500th anniversary of the event that many think of as “launching” the Protestant Reformation.

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June Pastor’s Column

Pentecost Sunday is June 4. It is a literally “red letter day” for the church, and we encourage everyone to wear something red to worship that day in honor of the celebration. Pentecost is so named because it is fifty days after Easter and the day when we remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the gathered disciples.

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May Pastor’s Column

Just before Holy Week, I was invited to participate in a consultation on the future of Sunday or Sabbath observance. During the consultation, I was reminded of one of the most important     religious books written in the 20th century. It is “The Sabbath,” by Abraham Joshua Heschel.

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April Pastor’s Column

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. These words are called the “Memorial Acclamation” and we say (or sing) them as part of the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. When we use them, we affirm the core of Christian faith and we sum up our understanding of time.

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