Author: Renée Antrosio

On the Bus

These times invite us to reflect on how we were raised, and the history that has formed us. In this poem, Victor Fein explores his first memories of racism, taught to him as a child on an unfamiliar journey. May we continue to listen to each other’s stories, as we seek the Spirit to lead us

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Examining Resistance

Social workers are taught to take notice of their own feelings evoked by a client or situation. If we can step back and look at our reactions, we can better understand how other people feel. This tunes us to the client’s own emotional state, and how other people experience them.  So deliver this word to

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Condolences for Simkins

As Donna has passed on, Ron shares briefly below. He requests no flowers or further meals, but at the end gives a place to send memorials. Addresses for cards to the Simkins kids and Ron conclude this email. May the Comforter uphold each and all who grieve. -Renée Hi All,The love of my life, Donna,

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Restore Point

One aspect of in-person worship that I miss most is hearing folks’ reaction to the teaching, the feedback that encouraged discussion and built relationships. Over the four years since I became a pastor at NCF, I’ve begun to know Lehman Waisvisz and especially value his insight and encouragement. After every service, when he came down

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Owning It

As we who are white seek to educate ourselves and become better allies of Black Americans and people of color, Carolyn Vance shares her experience of reading “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo. It is a great follow-up to Gladys Hunt’s teaching about her experiences of racial injustice and

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Carried by Love

During the last ten days of Lorna Engels’ life, three dear friends accompanied her on this final journey. Theirs is a gift that is truly priceless, being the body of Christ to her on behalf of all of us who cared about her. Below, Maureen Burch reflects lovingly on Lorna’s life. The Jim Croegaert song “What is this Love?”

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Challenged to Rise

Perhaps you remember Laura and Anders Wennstrom, or would like a personal viewpoint of NCFers who live 2 blocks from where George Floyd was murdered. Experience their family Benediction from this Sunday, and then read their update below. Be sure to read this news story for a witness of hope and an expanded look at what’s happening on their block. May

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Whose Property?

Planning a garden next to the house, on the sunny side, where the water was easily accessible. For me, the east side next to the chain link fence. This spring I invested in asparagus. I am cautiously optimistic. Gardening is not my strength. But what happens when powerful people want to plant next to their

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Enough for Today

Hanging out with the birds by the brook. Sounds pretty good actually. At least for a while. I’ve been fantasizing about a cabin in the woods. Some solitude.  Elijah needed to get away. Things looked bad, and they weren’t getting better soon. Ahab did more to anger the Lord than any previous kings. So Elijah

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Hasten the Day

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be? 2 Peter 3:11a (CEB) I hadn’t planned to march. My Black Lives Matter shirt was in the dirty laundry. But, I was already wearing If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. -Desmond Tutu. What sort

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