Finding Your Cave: Listening Spaces

Lent 1, February 18, 2018 At that place Elijah came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken

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Caring Through Transitions

February 11, 2018 – The United Churches John 16:16-24 ”A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you

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Caring for the Care-Givers

January 28, 2017 Romans 15:1-6 We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The

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When Loneliness Comes to Church

  Martin Luther King Jr. said that 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning was the most segregated hour of the week. And it has been proposed by the blogger David Hayward @nakedpastor, that it’s also the loneliest. For me, some of the loneliest days of my life were when I

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Caring for the Oppressed – Rev. Dr. Tammy Stampfli

January 14, 2018 – The United Churches Proverbs 22:16-25 Zechariah 7:9-14 Today marks the first sermon in our five part sermon series on caring. It seems to me that in our polarized, nationalistic environment, wherein compassion has been diminished as we relate to one another through digital devices that we

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Woman on a Mission – Rev. Dr. Tammy Stampfli

Third Sunday of Advent – December 19, 2017 Luke 1:46-55 On December 6, Time Magazine announced its “Person of the Year” for 2017…or persons as the case may be. These women are the #metoo “silence breakers.”  #metoo is a movement started by Tarana Burke. She is one of the women

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From the Center to the Margins

December 10, 2017Second Sunday of Advent   Isaiah 40: 1-11 Mark 1: 1-8 This Second Sunday of Advent we find ourselves in the fast paced Gospel of Mark. Mark doesn’t bother at all with any birth narrative of Jesus, Mark just jumps right into the story, invoking the prophet Isaiah

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