Young women, including ours, at the UN gathering

Our member Victoria Alexander says, “Getting to meet all of these incredible women makes me completely resolved to work just as hard as they do to make my voice heard, to take action to make this world better for the girls and young women who will come after me.” See...

Becoming an Earth Care Congregation

  In scripture, the first call of humanity is to be stewards of God’s creation. Even today, the call to care for the earth and all that lives on it is an important part of our Christian witness. Over the past year, we have ramped up and recommitted ourselves to...

Even superheroes’ capes need adjustments

I have a lifelong friend I admire greatly. She is a few years older than me, and I always look to her as a role model, a confidant, and a friend. She is a very accomplished woman. She has a PhD in her field and works in a senior-level position in her job. She is an...

In Praise of Spring Ephemerals

Already the Spring ephemerals are showing. These are the wildflowers that pop up in their glory but only stay in bloom a few days.  Ephemeral comes from the Greek word ephemeros which means living only a day. They are, for example, trout lilies, bloodroot, Virginia...

“Walk at your own risk”

“Walk at your own risk.” Signs emblazoned with these words dot a trail around a nearby office park. On recent sunny days, I’ve put on my headphones, listened to a podcast or guided meditation, and trekked through the woods that contain these warnings. “Walk at your...

“There’s something happening here” … Where?

“There’s something happening here,” FPC member said to me, placing her canned goods for Urban Ministry in the FPC van. She waved her hand up in the air, gesturing towards our campus. “I can feel it; it is amazing.” She smiled, hopped in her car, and drove away. I took...

Jesus Boogie & You’re Not Alone

Over the course of the pandemic, we have all discovered personal limits that we may not have known about before. For example: As a person who lives alone but loves comfort food meals that do not reduce to one serving size very easily, I have learned that I can eat...

A scrapbook of love

Some of our young families delivered Valentine’s kits to 70 of our members who continue to experience isolation during the pandemic. “I was treated yesterday morning with a sweet visit from the King children – delivering a lovely Valentine gift bag...

The Demise of the Bobwhite Quail and Biblical Concerns

A current bestseller has got me to thinking about the issue of what is natural and what is not. Is it natural to be good or to be bad? To be selfish or generous? The book is called Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas...

Love abounds at FPC

Luckily for my husband, I have never been a big fan of Valentine’s day. My philosophy is, if you love someone, you should show them EVERY day – not just on a particular, commercialized date. He, of course, is very supportive of my ideology on the matter....