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Our theme for Lent this year is “Practicing Awareness,” and we will begin to explore what this means during our Ash Wednesday service this evening at 7p in the sanctuary.  This will be a short service that will include not only the usual scripture reading, prayer, and singing but also plenty of time for silence and stillness.  We will put ashes on each other’s forehead and say the words, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return.” 

These words are a way of practicing awareness of our own mortality, but they are also a reminder that it is within and through these mortal...

“I am one with the
source insofar as I act as a source, by making everything I have received flow
again—just like Jesus.”

-Raimon Panikkar, Christophany

I love this line from today’s Inward/Outward
Together
daily quote.  It fits well
with our stewardship series.  It’s a good
image – to think of our time, talents, and treasure as things that flow.  They are things we have received flowing
towards us from the Source. We have choices about whether we allow them...

If you were at the congregational meeting in November (or if you read the minutes, which I’m sure everyone does), you will remember hearing that I have decided to move forward with pursuing ordination.  Many within the congregation either assume that I am already ordained, or they don’t have a clear sense about what that even means.  Honestly, one of the reasons I have not started this process earlier is because I, too, have been trying to figure it all out.

What does it mean to be ordained in a tradition with a strong emphasis on the “priesthood of all believers?” 

In the...

First, a couple updates:

1)     As of
yesterday, the 24/7 vigil at the Bethel church in The Hague is no longer necessary.  The Dutch ruling
coalition has agreed to review hundreds of children’s asylum applications,
including those of the Tamrazyan family who had...


Austin McCabe Juhnke and I arrived in the Netherlands yesterday.  We ended up leaving Columbus a day early to avoid airport weather delays.  We are being hosted by a couple who attends the Mennonite church in The Haag.  They live near the Bethel church which is hosting the round the clock vigil to protect the Tamrazyan family.  They have been in the country nine years, are political refugees, and are living in the church to avoid being deported to Armenia.  Government officials will not enter...

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