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    The Morning After Blog

    From our Minister, John: Welcome to the Morning After. Preaching is created and offered and it’s a little awkward because you 'bare your soul' and it’s like you stand there buck naked, share what’s important to you, people get to peek and then walk away! It’s hard because it feels 'one way'. That is, I speak, people listen, and then choose to walk away or wander back, often with little comment one way or the other. 

    So here is a chance for me and our guest speakers to clarify, and for you to comment and for all of us to learn together! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, questions, or wonderings. This is a free space to engage!


    Conversation Starters: Storytelling & Listening

    This pasted Sunday we talked about narrative and story - our cultural narrative, our own individual narrative our church narrative. We talked about how sometimes we need not to listen to certain narratives and replace them with healthier ones.

    In conversations with people after church, and in my own thinking about this a bit more, I have a sense that this is significantly important work in our lives.  What tapes (I show my age :) replay in your head over and over again that need to be stopped and changed to a healthier message?  What in our cultural narrative needs to change?  What in our religious narrative needs to change?  Is there a story that can replace these? 

    Is there something from our scriptures or our experience or our reading that might be more helpful?  

    - Sheena


    A Time for Questioning

    What I did this week was offer MY questions to the congregation. I shared this as a way to explore the book "A religion of Ones Own" by Thomas Moore. It was a day I was glad we have two services! The questions revolved around the idea that we do, or should, create our own religion. We showed a video called Why I hate religion and love Jesus, posted below. The theology doesn`t completely align with UCC but it should provoke you...if not, I wonder why? - John

    Big Questions

    This past week I invited people to share their 'big questions' about religion and spirituality over email, and then tried to respond to them Sunday morning. They were truly good questions, deep questions; a sign of a great community.

    If I were to do Sunday over again, I would try to spend more time on the answering. Honestly each individual question could've inspired an entire sermon, so it felt as though we didn't explore as deeply as we maybe could've. I appreciate the opportunity to answer questions from the congregation on the spot.

    On the flip side, I wish I could've shared some of MY questions...that would have been fun.

    I'm pleased to be in place that doesn't encourage pat answers and invites the questions. Thank you for your contribution this past week!

    - John

    Nov 9 2014 - Big Questions


    Self Love


    Heaven and Hell


    Sunday was raw, filled with deep emotion as we thought of our country this past week. 

    We needed to be around others.

    We needed to sing O Canada.

    We needed to give thanks.

    We needed to share our grief and gratitude.

    I was profoundly moved by the gathering.

    I am glad to have imagined a women named Ms. Winters. She moved into the fray and offered her hands and words to a dying man. She whispered the final judgement text from Matthew's gospel. She reminded the corporal he was loved. Wow. 

    If that isn't scared I don't know what is. 

    - John

    Oct 26 2014 - Heaven and Hell