working for justice

I appreciate this story from Carolyn Vance about one way she was able to love her neighbor in the here and now. May it inspire you as well -Renée When immigrants live in your land with you, you must not cheat them. Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one

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preparing a place

Yesterday was the Ministerial Alliance’s first planning meeting for a celebration of World Communion Sunday, and New Covenant was chosen to host this open-table gathering. It was fun to discuss ideas with ministers from different denominations and exciting to imagine welcoming our wider faith community into our sanctuary again.  I’m going to bring them back from

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the Family Fund

Karen Hogenboom has been serving on the Family Fund for many years. Enjoy this reflection on how your giving blesses our extended family and provides for their needs. -Renée New Covenant Fellowship is committed to caring for its family members, and one way we do that is through the Family Fund.  A small portion of the

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what I don’t know

I am delighted to share this update from Asha. May her reflections resonate and encourage you as well.  Much love. -Renée So what is it like when your dream comes true?  …Good question Hello family, I hope you’re doing well, or at least feeling well, through it. I have gone back and forth in my head

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take heart

The heron took pride of place at the lake this morning. A cool breeze ruffled the blue cornflowers. I listen to the birds calling as I gaze out my window at roses and echinacea and perennial geraniums. Our standard hydrangea tree is just beginning to bloom by the driveway.  Yesterday I was treated to visits

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part of the crowd

“Troubled and helpless,” is the description that resonates with many of us today. That is how Jesus saw the crowd, according to Matthew, and was moved with compassion. Are we also feeling like sheep without a shepherd? That leadership has failed us. I see us, sheep milling around in confusion, unable to make decisions or

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the wave and the ocean

Hearing the same message from a totally different source is always a welcome confirmation for me, both that what I heard is true and that the Holy Spirit is working in God’s people everywhere. So when I saw the excerpt from yesterday’s Center for Action and Contemplation meditation in my inbox, I felt the yes of extending Sunday’s

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all our needs

I’m thinking about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. And Elijah. And you, me, us. Jesus and ministries. Our baseline needs are physiological. Food first. God started with Elijah’s hunger- feeding him through ravens, through the widow, through the messenger baking fresh flatbread. Jesus’ relationship to food- his hunger, provision, and thanks- identified him to his followers.

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back in the cave

I should have read a little further in Elijah’s story. Last week I wrote: solitary with the ravens, pandemic pod with the widow, return to public work. The Lord’s victory over the prophets of Baal through Elijah was resounding. After persistent prayer, the rain returned; the drought was over.  But Elijah didn’t ride off into

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this next season

Perhaps I was holding my breath. Our transition back into a fully functioning social world is still in process. During the pandemic, we were isolated, like Elijah alone by the Cherith Brook, where the ravens were commanded to feed him. God planned this place of safety, providing for Elijah’s sustenance during the drought. But isolation

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