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March 2022

Dealing With The Devil~ The Gospel According to Luke 4: 1-13

By | March 13th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley March 13, 2022 We begin this Lenten season with the story of Jesus's baptism and journey into the wilderness. It is there that Jesus confronts the "devil". The devil represents the power that always opposes humanity's desire to please the Divine. Humans have been dealing with the devil since the ...

A Moment in Women’s History~ Black Women in Law

By | March 6th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Given by Wilma Owens March 6, 2022 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA We continue our spotlight on some of the African American women in the area of law that are inspiring. Today we highlight Barbara Jordan, Lani Guinier, and Marian Wright Edelman, the rebels with a cause. The last person is Mahala Ashley Dickerson. ...

February 2022

Moment of Concern~Jubilee USA Eric LeCompte

By | February 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Given by Eric LeCompte February 20, 2022 Eric LeCompte is the executive director of Jubilee USA. He wanted to thank us for our support of the work being done. The pandemic response funds are helping developing countries get vaccines. There is progress on debt relief, disaster relief, climate change, and poverty. There is more work ...

A MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY -Allensworth

By | February 13th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Given by Shree McGruder February 13, 2022 A brief history of the town of Allensworth, founded in 1908 and named after Colonel Allen Allensworth. This is the first town in California to be established exclusively by African Americans. The central part of the town is currently the Colonel Allensworth Historic Park. Video: 

A MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY ~Fort Pillow Massacre, Reginald Owens

By | February 6th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Given by Reginald Owens February 6, 2022 The Fort Pillow Massacre occurred on April 12, 1864 in Tennessee. Some three hundred Union soldiers, many African-Americans, were killed even though they had surrendered. The Confederacy refused to treat these troops as traditional prisoners of war. This was one of the most controversial events of the Civil ...

January 2022

Back to the Future~ John 1: 1-10,14

By | January 2nd, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Mary Ferris January 2 2021 As we start a new year, we wonder if anything has changed. The church has its own calendar cycle. Each cycle brings all the events of the past while adding new memories. This cycle is a culmination of the past and sows the seeds for the future. ...

October 2021

Stronger, More Generous~ The Gospel of Luke 10: 29-37

By | October 17th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. David Q Hall October 10, 2021 Luke viewed himself as a historian, recounting the events surrounding Jesus. Today's reading is taken from the Gospel of Luke. It tells the story of the Good Samaritan.  We were treated to a live reenactment of this story. Jesus instructed us to love our neighbor. Our ...