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August 28, 2019

United Church of Christ pastor Donna Schaper was interviewed on New York City's NPR podcast last week. What a great progressive voice! I felt challenged about what an equally courageous ministry would look like on Mercer Island. You can listen here. It's the August 20...

July 9, 2019

A spirituality for what's coming

Climate reality calls for the creation of a new kind of church:

  • a place where we can know what we know and feel what we feel,

  • a place to discover spiritual resources to sustain and empower us,

  • a place to build strong relatio...

March 1, 2019

The United Church of Christ, an Open and Affirming Communion of the Body of Christ, practices a belief in both a still-speaking God and an extravagant welcome. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, through the faithful renderings of our sacred texts, and standing in a...

January 15, 2019

Are you going to the Womxn's March in Seattle on Saturday? Want to make a sign to carry? We have all the materials -- all you need is your slogan. Wednesday, January 16, 2-5. And if you'd like to march with us, we're meeting at the little church on the corner of Howell...

January 14, 2019

Climate, energy, the world economy -- they're all related. And faith gives us the possibility of radical newness which is what we need to address them.

November 21, 2018

Greetings from all of us at CCMI, and best wishes for a happy celebration tomorrow. It has been moving to hear about the churches and community groups offering Thanksgiving meals to the fire refugees in California who are so much in the news right now. This poem by wri...

September 1, 2018

Dear friends,

If you’re over 50, cast your mind back to 1968. What a year it was! Even the modest month of September. It began with the first-ever US Open tennis tournament. A couple of days later, Henry Kissinger called Republican Presidential candidate Richard Nixon t...

August 12, 2018

Clergy come in for criticism, and rightfully so, because they go to seminary and study up-to-the-minute scholarship, about the Bible, for example, and then don’t share any of it with their congregations. Some people don’t care, but those who do can feel really aggrieve...

August 5, 2018

Exodus 13:17-22

Numbers 9:15-23

John 14:1-7


                What comes to your mind when you hear the word “heretic”? Somebody twisted, intentionally subverting the faith, leading other people astray? Or just some poor soul who gets on the wrong...

July 29, 2018

I Corinthians 13

The animals in our lives

            It’s an incredible thing to have a friend who isn’t a human being. What a privilege! You can sit in the forest here and watch the birds, maybe see a deer walk by, or a rabbit or a mouse, but they’re minding their own...

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