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Archives: January 2021

Jan 28, 2021 - Kent French

Exorcism seems like such a strange, forceful, old-fashioned concept. Probably most of us, in our 21st-century understanding of science and psychology don’t think much about exorcism. We think instead about drug therapies, counseling and rehabilitation, but not exorcism.

Sunday’s passage from Mark’s Gospel (1:21-28) is about a man with an unclean spirit who starts squawking in the temple as Jesus is in the middle of...

Jan 21, 2021 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

I was reading this week's Bible story, and noticed something interesting in the verses immediately following the passage: Jonah complains about God's love and mercy. I wondered if that was the only time someone in the Bible has criticized God for being TOO loving,...

Jan 14, 2021 - Kent French

This Sunday, we will worship on Zoom with Union United Methodist Church in Boston's South End.

Union has strong roots in Boston's African-American and abolitionist history. Their dynamic Lead Pastor, the Reverend Doctor Jay Williams, has been leading this historic church since 2012, encouraging both the congregation and staff to new levels of vibrancy and...

Jan 08, 2021 - Kent French

COMMUNION WORSHIP on ZOOM this Sunday at 11am.

As I write this, the media outlets are still absorbing and making sense of the aftermath Wednesday's riotous attacks on the Capitol. Many of us are celebrating that an African-American pastor from Martin Luther King Junior's church and a Jewish-American will now represent a Southern state in the US Senate.

And still, as poll returns came in from Georgia, we saw firsthand what the fruits of unvarnished demagoguery look like....

Jan 01, 2021 - Kent French

For this Sunday's worship, we will feature our 2018 presentation of Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and The Night Visitors on our YouTube channel, premiering at 11am.

Years before we had the Charlie Brown, Rudolph or Grinch TV specials, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) gave a different kind of Christmas offering. Something that was brand-new and innovative in the early years of television. They...