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A Season of Peace: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

  Partners in peace: mustard seeds   By Rev. Abby King-Kaiser Matthew 17:14–21  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”   Reflection: I know that I can be like the disciples, without even the small faith needed to heal, without even the mustard seed. And yet,… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

  Partners in peace: confronting evil   By Rev. Abby King-Kaiser Psalm 73  When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was stupid and ignorant; I was like a brute beast toward you.   Reflection: During the summer of 2001, after graduating from high school, I went on a study-abroad trip… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Monday, September 10, 2018

  Partners in peace: breaking the rules   By Rev. Abby King-Kaiser Luke 6:6–11  After looking around at all of them, Jesus said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored.  Reflection: We begin this week walking with Jesus on the Sabbath. He teaches, and is watched by those… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Sunday, September 9, 2018

  Partners in peace   By Rev. Patrick D. Heery 1 Corinthians 13 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.   Reflection: During my final year in college, I had the privilege of participating in community discussions that brought together people of many different faith backgrounds—Muslim,… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, September 8, 2018

  Peace that passes understanding: The Belhar Confession   By Rev. Patrick D. Heery, interviewing Rev. Allan Boesak Matthew 5:43–48 “I tell you, love your enemies.”   Reflection: I remember a conversation I once had with the South African pastor and anti-apartheid activist Allan Boesak. He taught me about peace—the kind that demands truth. The… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, September 7, 2018

Peace that passes understanding: a shared wound   By Rev. Patrick D. Heery John 20:19–28 Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”   Reflection: In the summer of 2017, I stood before 80 men incarcerated in a maximum security prison in central New York, during a revival called Alive in… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Thursday, September 6, 2018

Peace that passes understanding: sharing grace   By Rev. Layton E. Williams Romans 2:1–11 Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God?   Reflection: In this season of peace, the Scriptures remind us of the dangers… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Peace that passes understanding: a community that shares   By Rev. Dr. Antonio (Tony) Aja Acts 2:44–45 All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.   Reflection: The thought of selling and distributing our possessions… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Peace that passes understanding: loving all of creation   By Rev. Dr. Antonio (Tony) Aja Acts 2:1–13 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”   Reflection: However we understand this miracle, we know it is a miracle of… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Monday, September 3, 2018

Peace that passes understanding: not one of us   By Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort Mark 9:38–50 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”   Reflection: I love when people ask me about my kids. People ask, “How… Read more »