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Difficult conversations

Wed., Aug. 29, 2012–Our Board of Deacons spent a lovely evening together last night around the dinner table and then on sofa and chairs in the living room.  We try to “retreat”–or “advance,” as I like to think of it–at least once a year, usually in the summer.  It gives us a chance to be together in a non-“meeting” setting …

“Is it worth it?” –Ephesians 6:10-20, John 6: 56-69– Aug. 26, 2012

  Michael Warren, a consultant in youth ministry, describes beautifully the assumption that many young people make about what it takes to be a Christian, but I invite you to listen carefully and see if you don’t think he describes what many–if not most–people who are no longer “young” also believe– Many of the young people I meet [he writes] …

Transitions

Wed., Aug. 22, 2012 – Every three years the lectionary, or cycle of Scripture readings, comes around to Ephesians 6:10-20 on the last Sunday in August. The heading of this section in many Bibles is, “The Whole Armor of God,” for Paul, or whoever wrote the Letter to the Ephesians, talks about “putting on the whole armor of God, so …

“Positive Psychology–So Far…”– Proverbs 9:1-6, Philippians 4:4-9– Aug. 19, 2012

My Certificate in Positive Psychology course began online a month ago, and this past week I completed the first of two 5-day residential immersion at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA. “Immersion” is a good word for it, as we spent over 6 hours a day in class, drinking in as much wisdom and information as possible, though it often …

“Community Communication”– Ephesians 4:25-5:2 –Aug. 12, 2012

“Amazon.com currently lists over [75,000] religious titles that touch on the subject of anger.” (Paul Marshall, cited [and updated] by Kate Huey, Weekly Seeds, 8/12/12) 75,000! That’s a lot of holy anger! I know of–and you probably do too–too many faith communities torn apart by conflict and anger. It’s true of families as well, torn apart by emotional and/or physical …

Noticing, and Being Grateful

August 8, 2012–I am now over 3 weeks into my Positive Psychology course, through Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. It’s a primarily on-line course, though next week will be one of the two week-long residencies at Kripalu in Lenox, MA (no blog posting next week). There are on-line lectures and reading assignments, along with reflection papers and online discussion …

“The Bread We Need”–John 6:24-35–Aug. 5, 2012

  It’s hard to find a straightforward, simple conversation with Jesus in the Gospel of John. Nicodemus tried that late one night and ended up talking about being born again or born from above and how do you do that when you’re a grown man? Or, the Samaritan woman at the well, who was shocked when Jesus asked her for …

Sunday, August 2nd

   All are welcome to the Communion Table and to worship at Second Congregational Church, UCC this Sunday morning at 10 oclock.   Rev. Mary Lee-Clarks communion meditation is entitled, The Bread We Need, based on the readings from John and Ephesians.   Special music is offered by Deborah Perkins. Nursery care is provided during service. Fellowship and refreshment follow service in …