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Many of you expressed kind words last Sunday about the lyrics I wrote for our Advent theme, which we will be singing to the tune of What Child is This? There are more verses coming each week, which I’ll include below. For now I wanted to give a little more context for what I wrote, and also pass along an invitation for you all to do your own creative work. 

When conversations about Advent began happening a few months ago, Joel mentioned a very loose idea of building upon the question Isaiah asks in one of the lectionary readings, “What shall I cry?”  He pointed out that each of the...

Since September, we’ve been working our way through the Narrative Lectionary.  This series of readings roughly follows the chronology of the biblical story.  We began with creation and have reached the Babylonian exile. 

One of the inherent features of the Narrative Lectionary is that we go nearly four months without any readings from the New Testament.  Have you noticed?!  And one of the challenges is to take these scriptures on their own terms, strange as they are at times, without simply discounting them or reading them...

During our recent fall congregational meeting, we discussed money in our budget for reparative debt payments.  Several years ago we made a commitment to step this amount up to $20,000 annually (currently at $15,000 for our 2023 budget).  At the meeting, a strong majority affirmed we are ready to step all the way up. Leadership Team will present this final version of the 2024 budget for a vote after worship December 3.

Reparative debt payments is the language we’re using for incorporating our commitment to antiracism and contesting White supremacy into where we direct funds...

One hundred and twenty five years ago, South Dakota did something no other state in the nation had done.  They affirmed a process for people to have direct lawmaking powers.  Soon other states followed in allowing for ballot initiatives and referendums.

A key leader in this movement was Father Robert Haire, a Catholic priest, and a socialist.  He initially called for getting rid of elected representatives altogether.  This effort failed, but he continued to be a leading advocate...

I hope you all had a happy Halloween, a blessed All Saints Day, and are enjoying a beautifully sunny All Souls Day. Or perhaps you celebrated Dia de los Muertos. Or maybe you know these holy days as Samhain. Regardless, I hope these days of transition from Fall to Winter that help us think about the cycles of life and death have been meaningful ones for you. This coming Sunday, we will have our annual All Saints/All Souls worship service where you will have the opportunity to light a candle and name those who have died in the last year. It’s always a beautiful time of remembering...

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