Selfies

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As I was traveling in the car the other day, I was listening to a comedian who raised a question that has stuck with me.  In his Correct Angles set, Vir Das began talking about selfies.  He observed that when people took pictures of themselves, they were better than when the camera (phone) was passed… Continue Reading Selfies

Greatness

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When I was in high school my English teacher explained that there were some words in the language which were overused.  She never wanted us to use “nice” or “like,” encouraging us to find synonyms instead.  My teacher believed that constant use of these words made them fillers, diluting the intended meaning. To this day,… Continue Reading Greatness

Shabbat

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Just breathe.  Every so often I remember to do this.  It’s not like my body doesn’t breathe automatically.  However, there are moments when I feel the weight of what is unfolding in our lives, our churches, and our nation, and I say these words to myself.  In the midst of all that I do, just… Continue Reading Shabbat

Psalm 137: 4

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Last weekend we gathered for only the third time as the Michigan Annual Conference.  In his remarks, Bishop Bard reminded us that we have met twice virtually, and only once in person.  I don’t want to say that we are adapting to online gatherings.  However, this year’s Conference was closer to what has been our… Continue Reading Psalm 137: 4

You Are Known

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Over the past year, all of us have had to change how we journey through our lives.  As much as it is true for us, I believe that late-night t.v. hosts have had to be very inventive with their opening monologues, guest interviews the creation of new skits and routines to capture an audience and… Continue Reading You Are Known

Life Interferes with Plans

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Today is my niece Brittany’s birthday.  I still remember the day she arrived.  My sister’s due date was the first week in June.  So, she planned to have the baby shower during Memorial Day weekend, and afterward, she and her husband would get all the items that were not gifted at the party.  Well, my… Continue Reading Life Interferes with Plans

Wesley Fellowship at GVSU Update – Spring Finals Snack Bags

Thanks to our ministry partners, Georgetown UMC, Supportive Sisters UMW, Parkwood Presbyterian Church, and Pastor Kate Van Valkenburg of Bread of Life Lutheran Church, we were able to distribute finals snack backs to students at GVSU and GRCC. Raising COVID-19 infection cases in April made in-person distribution unwise, but the libraries at GVSU and GRCC… Continue Reading Wesley Fellowship at GVSU Update – Spring Finals Snack Bags

Hope Springs Eternal

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I have traveled to Israel twice in my life.  My first journey was in 2011 as the wall around Jerusalem was being constructed.  The second visit was in 2018, between the 2014 conflict and the one that is unfolding now.  On the day that our tour group was in Bethlehem, I watched as Israeli planes… Continue Reading Hope Springs Eternal

Please Help Our Sisters and Brothers

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The world is our community.  Everyone is our neighbor.  We live in a time when events are shared instantly.  Our phones alert us that there is breaking news.  Several channels are dedicated to stories, editorials, and documentaries 24/7.  Social media platforms record our reactions from friends and strangers alike.  I have seen many heart-rending reports… Continue Reading Please Help Our Sisters and Brothers

The First Time

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On Sunday evening, ABC aired the 93rd Annual Academy Award ceremonies.  This year’s presentation was different. Presenters, nominees and the audience maintained social distancing.  Interviewers on the red carpet remained a safe distance from the celebrities who stopped by their microphones.  Since the show has been without hosts since 2018, its producers have come up… Continue Reading The First Time