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Presence

Presence I get up each day and say, “This is a new day. I will live it well.” Then I do some things and let other things go. I gratefully embrace each new breath of existence and live humbly in the presence of Mystery. I know that what I am

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No Future

Dennis Alger, former pastor of Gresham United Church of Christ (formerly Zion UCC), read his poem “No Future“ as part of the final worship service of the church. The members voted to close the church after 109 years of faithful ministry. A celebration of their history, and an affirmation of their

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Gracie Notes! Tusks into Rifles

Elephants have been in the news recently. African elephants, dying by the thousands so the sale of their tusks can purchase arms and ammunition for rebel forces in Sudan. Much of the ivory makes its way to China, where prices are high. Just one more example of the way we

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Idaho Light

Idaho Light The light plays in radiant glory on the hills of Idaho, Arising in effervescent multivalent polychrome, Off the Danskins, off Bennett; off Teapot and House. Did they see it as they walked the Trail? Those desperate land seekers, Those restless, latter day Children of Israel, Wandering through the

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Still in the Closet

You should know about Iris. She has no job and no aptitude for even the easiest, no-skills-needed positions. She has a place to sleep, the clothes on her back plus some piled in the corner, and a few favorite possessions including a small, blue, stuffed hippo she calls Bo. The

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Gracie Notes! The Whole is Greater (Other?) than the Sum of the Parts?

Congregational Folk Art Cooperative Art for Spirit and Community I was doing some Wikipedia to confirm the title of this Gracie Notes! when I discovered a controversy… “The Whole is Other than the Sum of the Parts” “When the perceptual system forms a percept or gestalt, the whole thing has

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Organic Planning & Coming Alive!

Last week, I completed my Conference Minister Self-Assessment, part of the bi-annual Conference Minister Review included in my Terms of Call. As I began the document, I was inspired by a couple of Facebook quotes that reminded me of statements I made in my ministerial profile when I was called to

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Gracie Notes! 2 Million Letters for Ganga

Hi! I know that many of your congregations celebrate a Blessing of the Animals. Please take the next step. I want you to be activists for animal rights. And I know the perfect way to begin! My friends Sonja, Sundari, and Patrick at Heart of Ganesh are working to educate and

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All You Can …An Easter Meditation

by Dennis Alger. In the Philippines there are billboards all over the place advertising various places to eat. They show bowls of rice–unlimited with meal purchase–and simply say “all you can.”  “Eat” is implied.  This reflection is a takeoff on that theme. All You Can All we can do is shake

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Gracie Notes! Speaking of Social Media

Hi!  I’m Gracie, the “unity and diversity” traveling evangelist for the Central Pacific Conference. I recently attended the Social Media and the Church workshop with Bruce Reyes-Chow. If you weren’t there, you missed a great event! (And… I hear video of the workshop is coming soon.) Bruce is high-energy, funny, and

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The Freedom to Stay. . . Your Ministerial Profile

The February 2015 issue of COMma, (an e-newsletter for UCC Committees on Ministry) celebrated the one-year anniversary of the new UCC ministerial profile, and the online searchable Profiles Portal. While the profile and portal are still new on the scene, they are delivering on the promise of a more useful profile

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Gracie Notes! Hi, I’m Gracie!

Hi!  I’m Gracie, the “unity and diversity” traveling evangelist for the Central Pacific Conference.  You may have met me at Annual Meeting last September in Pendleton, when my friend, walter john, who made me the star of his State of the Conference address.  Thanks, wj! I visit the churches of

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Ordination of Jennifer J. Crow – November 2nd

Please join in the celebration of the… Ordination of Jennifer J. Crow as she enters into a 
four-way covenant with Hillsboro United Church of Christ, Earth and Spirit Council, and the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ. Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00 pm, reception to follow. Clergy

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UCC Matching Grants to Meet Critical Need for Church World Service School Kits

Following domestic and international disasters, the need to distribute specific material aid is often crucial to the recovery process. UCC Disaster Ministries, Conferences and congregations support these efforts by pre-assembling various types of Church World Service kits that are stored and can be shipped at a moment’s notice. UCC Disaster

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