Patience and Energy

Today’s reflection comes from Office Manager Mariah Pepper:I wrote down something that Jim Bechtold (incoming Moderator) said in his prayer at last week’s congregational meeting: “may we be as patient as we need to be, and as energetic as we can be” in this period of...
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Keeping Current

Many years ago, I was a member of a group whose focus was placed on keeping current with one another. We lived into this focus by sharing life’s challenges and successes with one another, reminding us that we need not face challenges alone and that our successes are achieved...
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Expectations

Today’s Reflection comes from Council Moderator Kaarin Shumate. Remember the first stage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, when we had phases, lettered groups within each phase, and tiers within each group? I estimated that I’d be eligible for a vaccine by July. Then on...
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Making Arrangements

One year ago, when I wrote the Palm Sunday reflection, I would not have imagined that we would have the “opportunity” of celebrating our second Holy Week, our second Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday Services, not to mention our second celebration of resurrection on Easter Sunday...
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Reflecting on Reopening

An Invitation to ReflectAs more and more people receive their vaccines, the question becomes, when will life return to “normal” or move to a “new normal?” Over the last year, we have heard our fair share of pandemic updates. If you are like us, you might feel allergic...
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Learning Journey Towards Anti-Racism

Beloved church,When we closed the doors of our building a year ago, we sprang into action as a virtual church, never imagining that we would still be apart at Easter. As the weeks went by, we realized we needed a sustainable rhythm because this time would be a marathon and not a...
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Using Our Voices

Marches.  Negotiations.  Zoom Conversations.  Webinars.  Telephone Conversations.  Emails.  Texts.  Prayers.  Sermons.  Songs.  Debates.  Completing Ballots.  Standing in long lines to deliver and cast ballots. ...
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What Makes For a Good Day?

Our lives are always made up of individual days strung together. In this season, I am more aware than ever that the way we spend our days is the way we spend our lives. As Annie Dillard writes “Routines are a net for catching days.” As this crisis has moved from being counted in...
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Grief and Pressure

For many families across the Seattle area, the big news this week has been around school. Due to the high levels of Covid-19 in the area, most of our public schools have made the announcement that education will be all remote in the fall. For some this has been a relief, worrying...
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