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Life and a Presidential Election. Immobilized By Fear and Lrved By Wonder

By |12/28/2016|

Given By Rev. Jerry Stinson December 11, 2016

During this post-election period, people are dealing with many emotions. Some can be immobilized by fear. Others are mobilized to offer hope and inspiration for a better tomorrow. Rev. Stinson speaks of our living in fear since Sept. 11th, 2001. America was propelled into two wars, increased its

Hagar, Chicana Feminism and God

By |12/22/2016|

Given By Anna Runion on December 4, 2016

Today, we are looking at how Hagar’s story relates to us. God sends Hagar back to Abram and Sarah after Hagar runs away. Sarah had wronged Hagar by giving her to Abram as a wife so Hagar could bare Abram a child. In order to protect herself and


By |12/20/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on November 27, 2016

This is World AIDS Sunday. The worldwide campaign to end AIDS depends not only on stopping the spread of the virus but also stopping the spread of the stigma attached to those living with the disease. This stigmas is detrimental in many ways. The first way is

God Is With Us In Times of Trouble

By |12/15/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on November 20, 2016

The reading today from Psalm 46 speaks so powerfully to our own lives. The voice is personal and intimate. Everyone has encountered trouble at some point in their lives. There is a deep human connection in the Psalms. Today’s reading is not just about natural disasters or

Winter is Coming; and This One Could Last for Years

By |11/21/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on November 13, 2016

Pulling from a scene from Game of Thrones, Rev. Shockley hopes to explain what we going through right now, post election. There are three groups in the T.V. show, the White Walkers, the humans, and the wild ones. the character of Jon Snow wants to make peace

How to Live on the Winning Side

By |11/21/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on November 6, 2016

On the eve of this latest election, we consider the fact that this election has brought us to a place of such division and anger that we have not seen before. It has divided us along ethnic lines, gender lines, and racial lines.  We are offered a

It’s Still About Love

By |10/30/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on October 16, 2016

On this Coming Out Sunday, the reading reminds us of the conflicts Jesus had with the religious authorities. He challenged them about how they lead the community. Jesus sought to not only expand the social and religious  boundaries but also break them down so everyone could be

How to live on the Losing side

By |10/22/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on October 9, 2016

The reading from Jeremiah concerns the delivering a message of defeat. Jeremiah had a difficult job.  He had to tell  the people of Israel that their government, social, and religious institutions had neglected the issue of social justice that only the outsider, Nebuchadnezzar, could dismantle it.  Only

You’re Invited

By |10/15/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on October 2, 2016

Today is World Communion Sunday. This is a way to show solidarity with our fellow Christians as we focus on the sacrament of Communion which binds us together. It is one of only two sacraments recognized by the Protestant church. A sacrament is an act which reveals,

Politics and Religion in the Past and the 21st Century

By |10/03/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on September 18, 2016

The reading from I Timothy 2:1-7 offers this advice. For those in high positions, offer prayers, thanksgivings, and supplications so that we may live in peace and dignity. During the first century, the audience lived under the authority of Roman Empire.  They were already praying for the