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Archives: August 2020

Aug 27, 2020 - Kent French

One of the scripture passages we progressive-leaning Christians most like to quote is from Matthew 25. Jesus tells how it will go in the "last days" when the Son of Man will judge the living and the dead, dividing us up just like a shepherd does with sheep and goats. He tells the sheep that they took care of him when he was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick or in prison. And they ask him, somewhat incredulously, "When was it that we did these things?" And he responds:

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Aug 20, 2020 - Amy Norton

Greetings to you all, and peace, from the One who is, and was, and is to come!

This Sunday, as part of our continuing Adventures in Faith series, we get to hear from award-winning documentarian (and United Parish Youth) Jesse Givens! Jesse was recently recognized for a documentary he co-created with his friend Aspen Johnson about the Youth Climate Strike. In his homily, Jesse will share with...

Aug 12, 2020 - Amy Norton

What does it mean to be brought back from captivity? What does it mean to experience grace AND discipline? It's an awfully big adventure, for one thing. Continuing this summer's Adventures in Faith series, we hear this Sunday from member Mark Jones, recently released from federal prison where he spent the last three years.

Mark reflects,

"God's love is eternal and redemption is always available to us. But we are imperfect human beings and we sin.

How do sin, discipline...

Aug 06, 2020 - Amy Norton

This summer, we continue hearing from members and guests about their adventures in faith.

Adventure can be anything that pushes us outside our comfort zones, involves some risks, takes us into uncharted territory, challenges us and stretches us to grow. Sometimes we choose adventures and we go willingly. Other times they choose us and we go unwillingly. Faith can mean a set of beliefs about God and the world, a matter of ultimate trust and loyalty, a worldview.

So what does it...