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A Season of Peace: Thursday, September 5, 2019

What does it mean to commit to peace?  Taking a risk  Rev. Emily Brewer Mark 15:12–21  “Crucify him!” Reflection: There was a kid in my second-grade class named Paul whom other kids called “Paul Bunyan.” Maybe it sounds innocuous, but the intent was to ostracize him, and it worked. I never teased Paul, but I… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Wednesday September 4, 2019

What does it mean to commit to peace?  The promise of equity  Ekama Eni  Psalm 96:10-11 Say among the nations “The Lord is sovereign! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved. God will judge the peoples with equity.” Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice. Reflection: Merriam-Webster defines equity… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

What does it mean to commit to peace?  Temptations to denial Rev. Dr. Robert B. Woodruff Mark 14:72  … Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And Peter broke down and wept. Reflection: Denial serves as a barrier between a person and… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Monday, September 2, 2019

What does it mean to commit to peace?  Peacemaking through interfaith commuity  Rev. Eric Markman Psalm 145:9 The Lord is good to all, and God’s compassion is over all that God has made. Reflection: I serve a multicultural church that has strong relationships with our neighboring Jewish temple and mosque. Three years ago, we worked… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Sunday, September 1, 2019

Observing A Season of Peace   Rev. Ginna Bairby  1 Timothy 4:7b–8  Train yourself in godliness, for while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.   Reflection: Today we begin the Season of Peace. Over the next five… Read more »

A Season of Peace: October 7, 2018, World Communion Sunday

  World Communion   By Rev. Patrick D. Heery Hebrews 1:1–4, 2:5–12 For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.”   Reflection: What does it mean to receive Communion with the whole world on this day? Will we love… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, October 6, 2018

  Peacemaking and practice: humanity reclaimed By Rev. T. Denise Anderson Hebrews 2:6–8a But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them?”   Reflection: Cockroaches. Parasites. Animals. These are all words used to refer to populations throughout the world that have been… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, October 5, 2018

  Peacemaking and practice: accepting change   By Rev. T. Denise Anderson Mark 6:1–6 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.   Reflection: And the people murmured: “That’s Mary… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Peacemaking and practice: to save life or to destroy it?   By Hyeyoung Lee Luke 6:9–10 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” Reflection: The reason we keep talking about peace is because the… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

  Peacemaking and practice: the risk in building bridges   By Rev. Kurt Esslinger Acts 21:15–26 “What then is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. So do what we tell you.”   Reflection: Communities, like the early church, that work on traversing boundaries must look for ways to navigate the… Read more »