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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!


    National Aboriginal Day - June 21, 2015

    National Aboriginal Day gave us an opportunity to consider our dreams for reconciliation in our faith community and in all our circles. This year’s celebration was particularly significant as we take these first faithful steps together with Aboriginal communities following the end of the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    As we prepared for this service, many questions were on our hearts:

    How do we keep the reconciliation conversation going?

    How can we do a better job of listening?

    Isn’t there a bigger picture here? What has this process taught us about right relations with everybody?

     Let’s keep the conversation going. What does your dream of reconciliation look like?


    Nancy Chegus

    Director, Music Ministry, HUC


    We're a little behind in our Morning After entries...

    Thank you to those that missed us in recent weeks!


    Between having some guest Presiders at Sunday services and some gaps in our Communications staff availability, we have not been able to post any Morning After ponderings for a few weeks.


    Great Things: Parenting

    When it comes to parenting, there is TONS of great advice on a variety of subjects and situations. On Sunday I suggested we are "Beauty and Beast" in our relationships. Beauty is ON, in the groove, awesome moments of connection. Beast is when we are OFF, when we lose it, get frustrated, and feel inept. The metaphor speaks of the kind of relationships can be in.

    It is honest, we aren't always our best.

    I used the acronym RIP (Respect (mutual) and Intimacy (vulnerability to admit mistakes) and Playfulness) to describe three marks of great parenting.

    Jesus expanded the understanding of family to a wider community than blood relatives.
    Relationships are work.

    What would you say? The conversation is really worthwhile.


    - John

    May 10 2015 - Great Parenting


    Great Things: Government

    The sermon this past Sunday felt long and a bit tired, but I believe it was a necessary sermon. I care about voting. The Sucker Campaign was playful and worked, thanks Pam!

    Over all I appreciate the churches acceptance of chaos, change, and creativity.
    It was a slightly wild Sunday and we pulled it off. Musical songs, Agape feast, A Mclaren video and sermon... wow. 

    I wondered Sunday night about "God keep our land" in the national anthem; how does the national anthem speak of Great Government? Do we sing it with intent? Do we hope God will?

    Not necessarily my best sermon, but...Get out and vote!

    - John



    May 3 2015 - Great Government


    Great Things: Relationships