Personal piety or social justice? 

The debate seems endless, and is resurrected every time Christians struggle with a controversial ethical or social issue having to do with justice. Recent attempts by Christians and congregations to take stands to eradicate racism and promote equity in our nation have...

Sacred, timeless truths about life

Even though this has been and will continue to be a very unusual summer, the warm weather may still bring to us some unexpected rest and reflection. Summer is a good time to remember or discover some sacred, timeless truths about life. Here are three I commend to you....

Keep breathing, keep loving

I am still in disbelief as to how long we have been physically apart. So much has happened in these past four months during our time of separation. I celebrate the ways all of you have leaned into being the body of Christ for one another: … thank you notes...

What we are reading

We are a congregation of readers!  Two book groups will gather this month, and the Currie Library book clubs have announced their selections for 2020-2021. Have a look, pick something to read, and join in!   Women & living out loud On July 10, Rev. Dolly...

In Praise of the Groundhog

I have no quarrel with the groundhog. They used to make large holes in pastures, and cows would step in them and break their legs. Hunters enjoyed lying on ridges and picking them off with rifles and scopes from 200 yards away. Now that the coyotes are plentiful and...

Fearlessly apply our faith

  Do you have a vision of God’s peace? And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets. Zechariah 8:5 The nations shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nations shall not lift up sword...

Building Christian bridges to the ‘other’

When I first started serving in churches while I was in college, I spent a lot of my time and energy in working with youth. I guess I must have “aged out” of that challenging and exciting work because it has been forty years since that was a primary responsibility of...

Add a new rhythm to a strange summer

Welcome to summer. It’s a strange summer, to be sure, the events of which have already caused us to examine more deeply the wounds and brokenness of our own communities and wider society. For me, this summer is a strange one because it’s the first summer since I was 5...

As Christians, we must speak up for all who cannot breathe.

Thursday night my daughter Sydney and I attended a service of Lament and Repentance on the steps of the FPC Sanctuary. It was crafted by our Batts’ pastoral residents (Nate Sell, Alexandra Mauney, and Keith Dove) and our Director of Discipleship and Young Adult...