This week highlights our 5th commitment: “Love
our neighbors and enemies, pursuing wholistic peace with justice.”  We didn’t plan for it to coincide with the
anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US, but it does. 

When Jesus says, in Matthew 5:44, “Love your enemies and
pray for those who persecute you,” he was talking to the crowds of people who
had come to him.  They were not the
powerful determining national foreign policy. 
They were the poor and the sick.

Julie Hart will be preaching on this topic on Sunday –

A few months back, the Christian Education Commission and I organized a workshop that was meant to help clarify the purposes of Christian Formation and set some goals to help move us toward our vision for Christian formation with children and youth.  The congregation as a whole has been doing some visioning this past year, so we thought it might be helpful to do something similar that would focus more specifically on the work of our commission.

We started the workshop by doing some brainstorming in small groups on the question, “What is the purpose and goal of Christian Formation...

At 9:30 this morning eight of us gathered in a circle in the church foyer and joined hands.  We prayed for a successful morning.  We prayed for strength and courage and peace.  Then seven of us headed out the door and drove to the ICE offices in LeVeque Tower downtown.  Edith stayed behind.


This month the New York Times Magazine has been releasing a
remarkable set of essays titled The
1619 Project.
 August marks 400 years
since the first ship bearing enslaved Africans docked in Virginia colony. 

This is more than a recounting of history.  The project, in its own words, “aims to
reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and
placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at

“We commit…” 

These two words could be spoken at a child dedication, a
baptism, or a wedding.  Each of these occasions
honors a particular way of being in relationship.  One in which mutual commitments offer
themselves as fertile soil for growth and flourishing.

These words also show up in the middle of our new Membership
Commitment statement.  Congregational
life is, if nothing else, relational. 
Our relationship with one another. 
Our relationship with creation and the Divine.  “We commit…” is followed by seven different