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In March, Virginia became the 23rd state to put an end to the death penalty, and now there is momentum in Ohio to do the same here.  Bipartisan sponsored bills have been introduced in both the Ohio House and Senate, and now is a crucial time to make sure representatives hear from you.  During this season of Easter, this can be one of the ways we practice living out the resurrection and helping to bring life in places of death. 

The group Ohioans to Stop Execution (OTSE) is especially encouraging people to contact senators and urge them to support...

As Leadership Team was preparing for the April 25 congregational meeting, we realized how many big topics we have to discuss. We decided that two topics (COVID and reparations) deserve a whole hour to hear from the committees and discuss what their findings and recommendations mean for our community. We will use the Christian Education hour in the weeks after Easter for full congregational discussions on these topics. Although only members are able to vote at the April 25 meeting, we are hopeful anyone and everyone can participate in the discussions each Sunday.

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I’m sharing with you a couple snapshots of what I am learning about our diverse nation’s migration story.

The last eleven years Shirley and I have been living among African Americans in Olde Towne East here in central Ohio. The last several years I have been reading about the history of African Americans in our country. I have been shocked by the graphic stories of how the Christian church has taken an active role in promoting slavery and white supremacy since 1619 when they first arrived here on these shores.

Why didn’...

“And Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water…forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone.” – Leonard Cohen, “Suzanne”

It’s not too hard to lose track of Jesus during Holy Week.  Our Sundays are scheduled such that the parade of Palm Sunday is followed up with Easter celebration.  In between is….a remarkably large portion of the written material in our four gospels that slows down to an almost real time account of Jesus’ last days.    It’s really too much to take in in just a week, or just one additional service like Good Friday.

But each...

CMC Daily Connector
Friday March 26, 2021
Part VII: Repent. Repair. Real Estate (!?!)
“Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity” by Brent Miller

Earlier this week I wrote about “Redlining” practices that were commonplace up until the 1968 Fair Housing Act made it illegal. It just so happened that in the latest edition of REALTOR® Magazine that showed up this week, there was a story that included the following image:


 
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