Eternal Light

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope that you all were able to have a meaningful celebration of Christmas this week and are able to find rest amidst the holiday hub-bub that tends to take over at this time of the year! I want to provide a little “light”...

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Discernment

The Rev. Dr. Van Herd and I have a running joke about discernment: He says he is discerning God’s call to a place where the sun always shines and lemons grow year-round. He puts great emphasis on “call” to underscore the seriousness of the matter – with a twinkle in...

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Blue Christmas

The holidays are often a mixed bag for most people.  While the ad agencies have manufactured what our Christmas should look like and be like (matching PJs, perfectly blown hair, skipping and dancing all the way, a perfectly crafted ham and painted on smiles), that is very likely not the...

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“Reaching Out” by Jonathan Castillo

Hi Church Family! When I was growing up I would frequently be asked by my friends the question that I’m sure many of us can relate to: “Do you want to come to church with me?” Almost always my answer was a firm “No thanks!” This wasn’t because I was...

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“Anticipating Vision” by Rev. Daniel Pryfogle

Dear Church: The story starts here: Patch Adams checks himself into a mental institution because he sees no point to his life. There he encounters Arthur Mendelson, who holds up four fingers to everyone he passes and asks, “How many fingers do you see?” No one provides a satisfactory response,...

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“A Note About Our Organ” by Jonathan Castillo

Happy Thursday, Everyone! It has come to my attention that the congregation-at-large is unaware of where we are with our project on renovating/restoring/replacing the Otto Hofmann pipe organ in the sanctuary at UBC! I want to be as transparent as possible during this process as it is a massive undertaking...

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“Into Outreach” by Rev. Daniel Pryfogle

Dear Church: I am struck by the eagerness of this congregation to be about something new. There is a desire to act. It is not a desire for willy-nilly doing but for purposeful activity. I observe a readiness to engage our university community, to cultivate relationships that make the most...

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“Choosing Kindness” by Rev. Daniel Pryfogle

Dear Church: How much more can we say about the hate that afflicts our world today? Whatever judgments we might make, the day’s headlines show the inadequacy of our conclusions. Things are worse than we thought. Last week authorities intercepted bombs sent to critics of the president. A man tried...

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