In November of 1957 a group of students in Columbus started meeting together.  They were all from other places.  What they shared in common was an upbringing in a Mennonite congregation, and a desire to fellowship with each other.  As the group grew, they went from informal gatherings to establishing a new congregation, with charter membership established in September, 1962.  Over the next three years the young congregation would hire their first pastor, purchase the Neil Avenue Presbyterian Church at West 6th and Neil, and grow to a regular Sunday attendance of around 100, with...

August 9, 2017


An early morning run

along a familiar trail.

The air is cool for August.

The Olentangy crawls along

beside me.

There’s a fog over the water,

the river in another state,

hovering over itself,

contemplating its own possibility

to float,


vacate the predictable flow,

disappear and appear



The planet turns slowly and already

the sun is claiming the air.

The river remains,

in itself,

and follows...

Before we put Vacation Bible School (VBS) completely out of our minds, I wanted to take a minute to reflect back on the takeaways from a week that zoomed by so quickly.  There were plenty of takeaways about what kinds of things worked well this year and what kinds of things we could do differently in the future, but if I let myself take off the organizational-administrator hat for just a second, I think there was a deeper takeaway that is worth sharing more broadly. 

The theme of the week was “Digging for Treasure” and had a strong emphasis on the parables of Jesus.  Early on, we...


In 1993 Ron Phillips committed a horrendous crime.  He beat, raped, and murdered a three year old child.  Her name was Sheila Marie Evans.  Phillips confessed his guilt and was given the death penalty.  He is scheduled to be executed by the state of Ohio – that’s you and me – tomorrow at 10am.  It will be the first state execution in three and half years.  More details can be read HERE.

There are many reasons to be opposed to the death penalty: It...

Many of you heard some of my thoughts about the MCUSA Convention on Sunday.  (If you missed it, you can find the text of my sermon HERE.)  As a way of continuing the conversation about our time of discerning together as a denomination, we will be sending out reflections from CMC members who attended.  Look for those in the coming days.

One of the things I did not mention on Sunday was the Inclusive Worship service that happened on Wednesday afternoon.  It was a time to celebrate LGBTQ leadership...