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Theme for December: Hope

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

“Hope has to be seen to be believed. It has to be made visible. It has to be something we can feel and touch. We are called to be persons who embody hope for one another. We have to be each other’s partners in hope.” -Paul Wadell, theologian In these times I can think of […]

Holiday Gatherings: Embodied Hope

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

December. Wrapped in darkness. Cold. Wet. Inwardly turned. And yet full of expectation and celebration. The fire of Yule. The pinprick of light returning on Solstice. The miracle of Hanukah: the oil lamp lit for 8 days re-sanctifying a defiled temple. The birth of hope against hope in a child born. Christmas. Each a holiday […]

Consider Buying Nothing

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Katie Covey, the curator for Soul Matters, talks about this month’s theme of “abundance” using a line from the Wendell Berry poem, “Wild Geese”: “what we need is here.” As the season of buy, buy, buy edges out taking stock of the abundance we already have, let us return to Berry’s words. For most of […]

An Invitation to Abundance

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

Abundance (n)  Copious quantity or supply – from French abondance and directly from Latin abundantia “fullness, plenty…” Also related to “overflowing.”  So says the online Etymology dictionary. Using this idea of “plenty” and “overflowing,” take this month to look at your life. In what ways do you experience abundance? Or do you experience its opposite, […]

October’s Theme: Courage

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

When I think of “courage,” I think of the character of the Lion in “The Wizard of Oz.” The Lion is supposed to be the king of the jungle. But this Lion is, by his own definition, a “coward.” He says, “I haven’t any courage at all. I even scare myself.” So he joins Dorothy […]

Feedback Welcome

by Rev. Lois E. Van Leer

I am fond of saying that if anyone could come up with a system of communication that worked for communicating information and events in a church, they would make a fortune. We have email, Facebook, the newsletter, an insert in the order of service, verbal announcements, posters, and good old-fashion phone calls and face-to-face interactions. […]