what suffering?

One of the joys that I no longer take for granted is the resumed opportunity to reflect together on the scriptures- what I missed, what revelation transpired, how others heard differently. The process of community wrestling with the message is priceless. We teach each other, receive correction, learn new ways, and go forward changed by

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cultivating opportunities

What do we have to offer the next generation of leaders? How can we provide a supportive environment for service? Sometimes, a problem presents a possibility.  About that time, while the number of disciples continued to increase, a complaint arose. Acts 6:1a (CEB) Something isn’t working properly. Feelings are hurt; folks are left out. The

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memorial stones

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, NCF was planning a pilgrimage to the Civil Rights sights of the South, including The National Memorial for Peace and Justice (aka the Lynching Memorial) and the Legacy Museum. Last week Carolyn Vance and Karen Hogenboom went to Montgomery, AL to experience the memorial and museum. I asked Carolyn to share

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Easter people

Worshiping with Sharon Chubbuck and Judson at NCF was a treat. May Sharon’s Easter reflection bless you as well.  -Renée Judson and I spent Easter weekend in Illinois.  We visited both our families, we saw old friends and met new people.  On Easter Sunday morning, we worshipped with the family of God at New Covenant Fellowship.

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SATURDAY

As we journey through Holy Week together, poetry expresses the intensity of emotions and articulates the confusion of triumphant parades paired with shocking betrayal. May Vern Fein’s poem below speak to you as well.  -Renée SATURDAY(AN EASTER POEM) He is dead now.He was so alive,Buried.We are scattered,Huddled in fearIn various haunts. Will we ever be fishermen again?Peacefully

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Passover Seder, Palms, and the Third Word

Two weeks ago, Rabbi Alan Cook wrote to members of the Interfaith Alliance: Dear Friends, Passover will be here in about a month.  Ramadan, Ostara, and Easter are also on the horizon, and our Baha’i friends are celebrating Nawruz.  I wish joyous and meaningful celebrations to all. The past several years, in various contexts, Sinai

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look up

I’ve been reading a bit about the science of awe, the effect of shocking beauty beyond ourselves, how it orients us to our place in the universe. Judson Chubbuck reflects on his experience of the stars, connecting us, and reminding us to look up.  -Renée The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the

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when to harvest

In the spring of 2020, I planted an asparagus bed. That was a questionable move. My soil is wrong, and I only kinda-sorta followed the meticulous instructions for preparing the ground. But I needed a pandemic gardening project. I think I’ve mentioned that seeds aren’t my thing. Asparagus roots are gnarly-looking handfuls; plant once and

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A Perfect Stranger

If you listen to NCF music, you’ve heard Asha’s voice, leading us in song. She is a gift to our community, and I am delighted that she agreed to share a recent experience of connection. Seek justice:help the oppressed;defend the orphan;plead for the widow.Isaiah 1:17b (CEB) May we increasingly learn to love each other, as

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showing up

I stumbled into becoming a member of the Ministerial Alliance; I wasn’t intending to join anything. I thought it was an open meeting (pre-pandemic,) and that I had been invited. I was just trying to show up, which is pretty minimal, and still a lot for me on a Saturday morning. But when it became awkwardly

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