Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, In a couple of weeks, it’ll be the beginning of Lent, which means it’s time again to give Bibles to our third graders! We started doing this a few years ago, and I’m really excited about it. The kids seem to really enjoy getting their own Bible. I

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, I was recently talking with the parent of a high schooler, who said that bullying incidents tied to the election of Donald Trump have been noticeable around Central high school. The parent noted that school officials seem hesitant to speak out against the behavior. I haven’t talked to

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A Word from Community Life

It somehow seems very fitting that we celebrated Caring Sunday this past week at our church, just one week after our annual meeting. Witnessing the many members who showed up to our town hall and annual meeting, hearing the impassioned voices, and seeing so many people step up to fill

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Hello friends, Several of us have heard from our partners in refugee ministry, World Relief, about a meeting this Thursday. I’d like to share the information with you in case you’re interested in going. (Note: the original location (World Relief offices in Wheaton) has changed to the Compass Church on

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings friends, Hear ye, hear ye, the 183rd Annual Meeting of First Congregational United Church of Christ is this Sunday after church! I know the word “meeting” is in the same category as “root canal” for some of you, and many of you already come to a lot of church

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings Friends, I think a lot about the issue of power—how it’s used, by whom, for what purposes, etc. How we understand power and its use according to certain ethical guidelines, but also according to what’s possible or not, are often, in my humble opinion, related to how we understand

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Call to Community from Missions and Social Action

Support Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide – See more

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Advancing God’s Love and Justice

Greetings friends, Christmas is my favorite holiday, my favorite part of the church year, but as I get older, and go through more and more Christmases, I run the risk of getting jaded, thinking it’s “just another Christmas.” So I hope each year for a moment when I really catch

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