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The State of the Conference is Good!

I paid attention when Cameron (Trimble) was speaking, because I found many touch points, many points of affirmation for the kind of ministry I have striven to share with you during the time I have been together with you. I have images that I have offered to you that have

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Posted in 2015 CPC Annual Meeting, State of the Conference
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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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Posted in 2015 CPC Blog, Animal Rights, Elephants, Gracie Notes!
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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! 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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Sinterklaas, Black Pete, and Ferguson, Missouri

For most of my years of ministry, Advent has meant St. Nicholas. The first time I donned Bishop’s garb, I was a last minute replacement at a “Put Christ back in X-mas” ecumenical event for Christian educators. My first-person monologue about the life and legend of the Bishop of Myra

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Posted in 2015 CPC Blog, Privilege, Racial Injustice, Trinity of Jesus
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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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A Personal Note…

 My last piece of sabbatical is scheduled from August 7th to September 4th. I’ll be in the office for just a few days, before leaving on a trip to Israel, to hear how Israelis and their supporters defend their occupation of the West Bank. I’ve extended my time in Israel

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A Personal Note…

My last piece of sabbatical is scheduled from August 7th to September 4th. I’ll be in the office for just a few days, before leaving on a trip to Israel, to hear how Israelis and their supporters defend their occupation of the West Bank. I’ve extended my time in Israel

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