When Words Fail

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It has been a little over two weeks since we witnessed the death of George Floyd.  Almost a week ago, his family, leaders of Minneapolis, social activists, and others gathered for the first memorial service celebrating George’s life.  Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a powerful eulogy, honoring George’s life, legacy and the hope that this time… Continue Reading When Words Fail

Seated at the Table

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I have a shelf in one bookcase which is full of cookbooks.  Gourmet dishes, Pampered Chef recipes, a Superbowl Party smorgasbord and of course an ancient Betty Crocker tome.  Favorite dishes and desserts are easy to find.  Classics like chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles are stained and careworn from repeated use.  I’ve only prepared dishes… Continue Reading Seated at the Table

How Can I Help?

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It’s snowing as I write this Corner.  Mid-April and it’s still snowing.  In some ways we have had a very mild winter with few snowfalls over a few inches.  I acknowledge that the 70 degrees of last week was only a promise of what is to come.  And in some ways, this cold spell helps… Continue Reading How Can I Help?

A Time To Laugh, A Time To Mourn, A Time to Laugh

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Sunday was a day of celebration as many churches throughout the District and Conference found innovative ways to commemorate Palm Sunday.  Although we were unable to gather in our places of worship to wave palms and shout loud hosannas, I still felt the excitement that this Holy Day brings.  I have had the honor of… Continue Reading A Time To Laugh, A Time To Mourn, A Time to Laugh

Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

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The title of this week’s Puzzler’s Corner comes from a song I learned in Elementary School, back when we sang Christian songs and there were music classes.  The verses of this song capture what these 6 ½ weeks of our Christian year are all about.  Like Jesus, we must spend time in a valley of… Continue Reading Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

Open a New Window

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When I was in high school, one of the musicals we performed was Mame. The play and musical are based on the story of Patrick Dennis’ eccentric aunt who must raise her nephew after his parents die. One of the songs that explains Mame’s philosophy of life is called Open a New Window. The song… Continue Reading Open a New Window

An Advent Calendar, Part 2

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Christmas isn’t Christmas without decorations.  Whether you start trimming the tree on Christmas Eve, or the day after Thanksgiving, there is a time of celebration about transforming our homes to welcome baby Jesus. The lights always take the longest to hang.  Each year I debate just buying a new string, rather than trying to figure… Continue Reading An Advent Calendar, Part 2

An Advent Calendar, Part 1

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, my countdown to Christmas has begun.  I have to admit that I noticed decorations, stocking stuffers and holiday suggestions for the best presents appearing as the Halloween candy was discounted by 50% or more.  The artificial trees appeared a couple weeks later.  And now, the section reserved for wrapping paper… Continue Reading An Advent Calendar, Part 1

“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

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When I was very young, my parents would send my sister and me to my aunt’s house in Columbus, Ohio.  That is where 4 of my father’s siblings lived:  My Aunts Clairette and Amanda, and my Uncles Marion and Obadiah (who we called Obie).  My Aunt Clairette was a pastor at a time when women… Continue Reading “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

Getting to Know You

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The Midwest District has the honor of being the home for clergy who are starting their journey of servant leadership.  These new folks were introduced at the District Conference on October 12.  Each one will also be featured in a special Puzzler’s Corner in the coming weeks.  I invite you, who are their sisters and… Continue Reading Getting to Know You

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