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:

bodies, God’s image



Yesterday morning Presidential candidate Julian Castro visited Edith at our church.  He met with her privately for about 20 minutes, listening to her story, followed by a press conference at which Edith and he spoke.  He expressed his support for Edith and his commitment to families in similar circumstances.  Local and national press showed up.  So did lots of you.  A strong showing of people old and young (who got to miss some school) declared by their presence that we stand with Edith. 


This Friday, October 11, is National Coming Out Day.  The idea of “coming out” has an interesting history that has shifted over time.  The more prevalent understanding for today is built around the idea of “coming out of the closet” where the closet represents a hidden, secretive place from which one emerges when the time is right.

But there is an older understanding of “coming out” that is not connected with the idea of a closet as a shameful, secretive place of existence. 

Before there...

For the past two years, this church building has been home for Edith.  A community of support well beyond our congregation has formed around Edith and her family.  What initially began as the right thing to do has grown into friendship and shared life – including celebrating birthdays and graduations.  And events like this where we mark the passage of time.  Friendship has blossomed into solidarity – sharing together in the work to enable Edith to return home to the family apartment.    

The fact that Edith Espinal has been living inside a church
building, in sanctuary, for...