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A Tale of Two Nations

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]


by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
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The year in review of those who have died always gives me pause. But this year in particular, several persons who are notable also had a profound effect on my life. Leonard Cohen wrote the songs that Judy Collins covered in my teen years. In particular, “Suzanne.” The title track from his last album, “You […]

‘We Are The Ones …’

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

If you read the Hebrew bible, you will find book after book of “prophets.” Each prophet passes on a particular message from God to God’s chosen people. Many of them are reluctant prophets. They don’t like being disliked for their message and being somewhat of an outcast. It is not often that hellfire and brimstone […]

Prophets, Go to the Head of the Line

by Rev. M. Jamil Scott

The new year is upon us, and we celebrate the triumphs and challenges of 2017. As we enter into this new year, many of us are feeling uncertainty and uneasiness about our future. Many of us aren’t sure how we will fare economically and socially under this new and controversial presidential administration. We aren’t quite […]

‘Tis the Season of Expectations

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer
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‘Tis the season of gift giving. It is practically unavoidable. I have heard stories from those who lived through the Depression of how getting an orange (and only an orange) at Christmas was the gift of all gifts. I am not sure how an American child would respond to that sort of gift today. I […]

What Does It Mean to be a Community of Presence?

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

December 2016 What Does It Mean To Be A Community of Presence? Spiritually, presence can mean two radically different things. On the one hand, contemplatives talk of “being present.” Presence from this perspective is all about awareness and remembering to “live in the moment.” On the other hand, theologians tend to come at presence from […]