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Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message (November 28, 2020)

Dear Friends,

Though we likely didn’t realize as children, thanksgiving is a mixed bag. “Joy and woe are woven fine, a clothing for the soul divine,” sang William Blake. Joys weave us past woes. Woes weave us toward joy. Thus, thankfully, we survive and thrive.

We move from Thanksgiving to HIV/AIDS … read more.

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message (November 20, 2020)

Dear Friends,

Would you join me this Wednesday (Thanksgiving Eve) 5:30-6:15pm to hear one another answer, “What am I thankful for?”  Just one or two sentences each. And if there’s time before 6:15, we can go on to give thanks for someone else’s expression of thanks. 

I’m guessing that mainly … read more.

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message (November 13, 2020)

This week we might reflect on some of the holidays it offers: Veterans Day, Diwali, Philosophy Day, and Transgender Remembrance Day. I can see all four holidays questioning our thinking about good and bad, truth and falsehood – important topics any time, but especially during political turmoil.

How … read more.

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message (October 30, 2020)

Hello all,

The old Universalist roadside pulpit said, “There is no hell!” 

Across the street, the row of orthodox roadside pulpits responded universally, “The hell there isn’t!”

Welcome to the perennial All Souls Day November 2nd debate in which election and salvation intertwine. Are all souls universally saved by an … read more.

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message (October 23, 2020)

Hello all,
This week I ordered a reproduction of Jean-Francois Millet’s great painting, The GleanersIt caused considerable anger in 1857 among the aristocratic power holders of France, fearful of a return to revolution against the vast on-going inequities and exploitations in French society.  I love the painting … read more.

Update from FAST:

Racial Profiling: Over the past two years, we’ve heard from people who felt that they had been pulled over because of the color of their skin. 

To provide an opportunity for community members to make complaints of racial profiling, we created “Law Enforcement Interaction Cards” for members to … read more.

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message (October 16, 2020)

Hello all,

Many are worried, of course, about the November 3 election’s consequences for democracy, environment, and human rights. One joke covers all of that: Fed up with us, God messages the President as Earth’s most influential person, “Start irreversible steps by Election Day to make life good for all … read more.

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message (October 9, 2020)

Hello all,

Many of us will prioritize honoring and celebrating Indigenous People’s Day this Monday, October 12, in preference to Columbus Day. The sailing achievement of Columbus and crew may still seem important in Spain or Italy. But in recent years researchers have raised to our attention the … read more.