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Archives: February 2020

Feb 27, 2020 - Kent French

There's a fairly well-known story from the Hebrew scripture about the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-18). He has been speaking truth to power, which is what prophets are called to do. In this case, it's to the evil Queen Jezebel and King Ahab, who have forgotten their relationship with God. They are chasing after Elijah and he is literally running for his life.

After a full day's journey running in the wilderness, he is...

Feb 20, 2020 - Amy Norton

Dear United Parish Family,

On Presidents' Day, I went to see the movie Just Mercy. Without spoiling anything, there was a quote at the end that stuck with me: "Hope allows us to push forward, even when the truth is distorted by the people in power." It resonated with me for many reasons, one of which was that it seemed very fitting for this Sunday's scripture reading(s)!

From 2 Peter 1:16-21 (...

Feb 13, 2020 - Kent French

One of the things I’ve learned in parish ministry is that effective, skillful communication can be hard. Not just in how to get the word out about our multiple activities and what’s happening in different areas of a vibrant congregation — that’s challenging enough. But what it means to communicate in consistently healthy, kind, caring, loving ways, especially when our feelings or egos get in the way.

As I often say, we all bring our “stuff" to church, by which I mean our...

Feb 06, 2020 - Amy Norton

Dear United Parish Family,

Over the past 6 weeks, our children and youth (and teachers and staff) have embarked on our second ever Epiphany Term! The Church School teachers have been using a curriculum created by members of our Children & Youth Deepening Ministry Team that explores Jesus' parables and the lessons we learn through stories. These lessons have been centered around learning how we always have a chance to start again, how a small person can make a BIG difference,...