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:

I share this to show you...

(This link was Joel's Sunday presentation, with Joel reading the essay below).


Thoughts on repent and repair

We acknowledge we are gathering on land where Miami, Osage, Shawnee, and other Indigenous peoples have lived and labored, fought, and loved.

I walk this land for a couple of hours every day.

Since joining the reparations group at CMC I have begun to connect more deeply with this land and all that is here and what, more specifically who...

Henry Smith died last Friday at the age of 88.  His obituary is HERE.    

Henry started attending CMC in the late fall of 2014.  We had just finished our “Difficult Passages” worship series which highlighted themes of scripture we found troubling – a follow up to our “Twelve Scriptures Project” which highlighted those we especially valued.  In an...