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finding hope in berries and nuts Berries and nuts Finding courage and hope by Ken Rummer Along the High Trestle Trail, late-summer berries are setting on. Elderberries hang purple from red branches, dressed like Red Hat ladies out on the town. Honeysuckle opts for Christmas colors, setting red balls among still-green leaves. And the clustered white berries of the local dogwood… Read more »

Gospel and Inclusivity

Diversity — Why We Praise It, But Don’t Practice It by Samuel Son   [This article is the third of a continuing series on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Church. In the first and second article, we recalled how the values practiced intuitively in the early church  were a response to their understanding that… Read more »

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Dawn Between the dawns Living the waking moments by Ken Rummer ROY G BIV — that’s the memory hook for the top to bottom colors of the rainbow. I’m seeing them upside down in the early sky, all except for the R and the V. So far, neither red nor violet are in view.  My youngest… Read more »

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Soap Carving   Carving soap and meeting neighbors Our church throws a block party by Ken Rummer Last Friday I coached soap carving. Our church (http://www.ankenypcusa.org) was throwing an outdoor block party for our neighborhood — hot dogs, a bounce castle, donuts made to order, even a fire truck. One of our neighbors offered to play guitar and… Read more »

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inventory photos Face to face with all my stuff: Lazarus, Scrooge, and the Inventory Project by Ken Rummer What would it cost to buy it all back? Early in the pandemic, my wife and I undertook an inventory with the help of a computer program. We entered our possessions, room by room, with photos and a few… Read more »

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The mulligan (not a sweater, not a stew) A duffer finds grace in golf by Ken Rummer My tee shot gained altitude, a rare outcome and hopeful. But then it started to curve, bending more and more to the left. This was during the decade of my life when I played a little golf. The… Read more »

Gospel and Inclusivity

Resurrection – The Announcement of a New Administration Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Why they are marks of the church and how we can restore these values in our congregations and mid-councils. By Samuel Son   [This article is the second of a continuing series on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Church. In the first… Read more »

Gospel and Inclusivity

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Not Just a Trend but Marks of the Church by Samuel Son   These days, every organization is coming up with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion — commonly referred to as DEI —strategic plan. The hiring of diversity and inclusion executives has grown 113% in the last five years. As of… Read more »

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Winter Joy Rethinking winter Finding joy in a harsh season by Ken Rummer No walk this morning. The overnight temp touched -18℉ with wind chills in the 30s below zero. Brrrr. I hear that pond ice is now thickening by an inch a day. Ancient poetry from the book of Job captures the season: From its chamber… Read more »

Gospel and Inclusivity

Why Church? By Samuel Son Why?! It’s my children’s favorite word. And I have three of them! They love asking “Why?” Why is the sky blue? Why do we go to church on Sundays? Why do I have to play piano? At first, I thought, I’ve got philosophers! So, I answered their questions with great patience…. Read more »