Author: Kelli De Graw

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends,
I am on vacation/study leave this week through August 23. But it’s a staycation/study leave, so I’m available if you need some help that is time critical – which certainly includes wanting to talk through or get assistance with the burdens of the pandemic.

Take care … read more.

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message

Have you begun your pilgrimage?  Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, is expected of every seeker of divine peace.   Mecca can be within.  For that pilgrimage, I’d follow poet Rumi:  “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing there is a field.  Let’s meet there.” 

Wouldn’t it be … read more.

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends,

I don’t think the purpose of our religion is justice.   I think it’s about helping people grow to spiritual fulfillment, the end point of which seems to be helping all things flourish.  From psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg’s perspective, caring is justice in helping all things … read more.

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message

We’ve had a lot on our minds recently – one thing or another, one thing after another.  It’s hard to feel a degree of control or a sense of peace.  In this context I found myself explaining to a Christian gentleman why I meditate.  “In … read more.

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends,

I’m on two of the four weeks of Study Leave that the minister gets each year to plan and prepared for the new church year.  But I’m staying in touch and am available by phone, email, text or personal visit anytime.

Just a quick thought:  … read more.