For the last several months we have included this statement at the top of our worship bulletin:

We acknowledge we are gathering on land where Miami, Osage, Shawnee, and other Indigenous peoples have lived and worked and loved. We continue to work and pray for justice and conciliation.

The inclusion of such statements is a growing practice for institutions, and at the beginning of conferences, meetings, and worship services.    Several of us at CMC had experienced gatherings where this was included and were moved by its power.  We’ve also attended workshops such as...

These last two days I’ve been in Washington, DC
with other members of the National Sanctuary Collective.  This is a group
of 8-10 people in sanctuary and their supporters that Edith has been
communicating with regularly.  The Collective shares a common strategy of
being very public with their stories as a way of gathering broad support and
catching the attention of elected officials.  This time in DC builds on
previous advocacy efforts with members of both parties to use their influence
in whatever way possible to improve the chances of each person...

Our worship series on healthy sexuality wrapped up at the end of October.  If you missed any of those services, you can find the sermons posted on our website.  While that series was going, the High School Sunday School class was using a companion curriculum to explore the same themes that were being explored during worship. 

For the last Sunday in the series, I wanted to figure out some way to bring everything back together and help the class reflect on everything we had talked about with an eye toward a bigger picture of...

This is not satire or cynicism: Thank you taxpayers. 

For the last few months I’ve been watching with glee as construction
crews do their thing at a heavily traveled interchange, now nearly
complete.  The improvement involves a new
walk/run/bike access point to the Olentangy Trail, beginning on the north side
of the Olentangy River Rd/Bethel Rd intersection, running east over a newly
dedicated bike lane on the Bethel Rd bridge over Route 315, curving down and
around through a newly installed culvert under the northbound on ramp to Route 315...

This Sunday concludes our four week Healthy Sexuality worship series.  We’ll focus on the ways sexuality and spirituality are related as energies of connection.  In case you missed any of the first three sermons and follow up reflections, here they are:

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