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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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Life Sparks through the Stubble

The Rev. Anne Bartlett, retired Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland, will be interim-interim (!) pastor of the Congregational Church until the appointment of a settled pastor in January, 2016. Rev. Bartlett served Trinity as Rector from 2000 to 2010. In retirement, she has served as consultant for congregations in

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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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American or Christian?

American or Christian? The recent controversy over the confederate flag reminded me of a more personal debate about an American flag in the sanctuary of the church.  (along with the related issue of the Christian flag). The flags were already a fixture when I was called as pastor. I ignored

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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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Marriage, Church & State

Sermon by the Rev. Truman Parker, preached 7/5/2015 1 Corinthians 13. Soon after I arrived in Mountain Home I had the dubious distinction of being the first pastor in forty years to officiate a bigamist wedding in Elmore County.  In my defense I would add, not only was I ignorant

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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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Posted in 2015 CPC Blog, Justice for Children
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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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Posted in 2015 CPC Blog, Community, Congregational Folk Art, Cooperative Art
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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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Posted in 2015 CPC Blog, Animal Rights, Gracie Notes!, Unity and diversity
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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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A Personal Note…

This August, I completed my sabbatical time with an extended visit with our new granddaughter in Faribault, MN (45 minutes south of the Twin Cities). Julie Rose Penn Inman was born on the 4th of July! We were also visiting with our daughter and son-in-law during that birth week, and

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Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President, to retire

August 13, 2014 – Memo from UCC Board Chair, Bernard R. Wilson Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Today I received official notification from our General Minister and President, Geoffrey Black, of his intent to retire early, specifically with the conclusion of the 30th General Synod in June 2015. Geoffrey

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