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Reflections on the Womxn’s Marches, January 21, 2017

Women and men flocked by the tens of thousands to Womxn’s Marches on January 21, 2017. Most participants reported feeling powerfully uplifted by their experience. From Eagle Harbor Church alone, there were more than four dozen people participating in marches on Bainbridge Island, Seattle, Washington D.C. and Olympia. Those who attended worship on January 22 were still fizzing and popping with such energy that we had to bring the “Whoo!” into the pew or we might have burst. We want […]

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Slow Church: Stability

As you may know, the church’s Mission Council is reading “Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus.” In keeping with the pacing of the title, we’re only at Chapter Three. Still, in our most recent meeting we batted around concepts from that chapter, entitled “Stability.” EHCC, established in 1881 and continuously meeting in downtown Winslow is, simply stated and on the face of it, stable. Case closed? Not so fast, Mission Council members agreed; the authors of […]

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Reflections Regarding I-1329

I-1329 Community Meeting May 20, 2014
            Civic engagements have a very long history in our denomination, the United Church of Christ.  Our forbears include the hardy pioneers who journeyed here on the Mayflower in 1620.  Some of you may have learned about the Mayflower Compact in your school history lessons.  It was a covenant signed by the people who emigrated from England and Holland in search of liberty.  This document, which included signers who were part of the Puritan religious […]

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My Search for a Wedding Venue

After the State of Washington approved same-sex marriage, my partner of 18 years and I decided that we were compatible enough to take the leap and get married. Our search for a wedding venue began. My partner wanted the church wedding she had not had and I wanted to be married in our own community (meaning Bainbridge Island). I was born and raised on the Island and pretty much knew the opinions of several churches on the […]

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The Woman at Christmas Eve Mass

After having a wonderful Christmas brunch at Salish Lodge with my son, daughter-in-law and her parents we headed back to my son’s home to open gifts and play a rousing game of canasta. Joining us were friends of my son and daughter-in-law, Christine and Kevin. We were having fun, drinking champagne cocktails and sharing stories and events. C_____ and K_____ were telling us that they had attended Christmas Eve mass. They were seated waiting for the […]

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

It is the fourth Sunday in Advent. “Advent” – what do we mean by that word? From the Latin “adventus”, approaching or arrival. I think of it as anticipation of something approaching, but also as a time of waiting. What do we wait for? And just as important, how do we wait? The first coming of Christ, as a baby, was done quietly,simply, without a lot of fanfare. Now days the Christmas season is busy, noisy, even chaotic with the […]

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Let’s place our trust in God, not in guns

The National Officers of the United Church of Christ issued this reflection and prayer in response to the elementary school shooting in Connecticut which resulted in the deaths of 27 people, the majority of which were children under 10 years old.

Reflection from Amistad Chapel:
This afternoon, we gathered in the Amistad Chapel to pray, to share our grief and our frustration. We gathered to lament the loss of life that has taken place today in Newtown Connecticut. This loss of […]

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What’s Under Your Stairs

What’s under your stairs? In my case, along with a lot of other rarely accessed stuff like air beds, old yearbooks and extra blankets, there are three boxes marked “Xmas.” It’s somewhat of a production just to get them out, and each year I struggle a bit with my inner Grinch. What if I just didn’t decorate this year? What if I went another twelve months without coming upon my brother’s wooden creche and the ornament constructed of […]

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Ad Advent Conspiracy

As a child, I loved the season of advent. As winter days drew in earlier and earlier, light fading from a dim and chilly world, the promise of night became more apparent. Though I was usually afraid of the dark, winter darkness had a clean and magical feeling. I loved wintery night skies, black and mysterious, spangled with tiny stars. It was easy to imagine angels appearing on marvelous wings in such skies, though I could never figure out what […]

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love is (but shouldn’t be) a battlefield

You can bet I feel strongly about something when I start misquoting song titles of headband-wearing pop stars from the early 80′s.
I vote, but I wouldn’t call myself overly political. What I would call myself, though, is passionate about my favorite four-letter word: L-O-V-E.
This isn’t the first time I’ve shared my feelings on this subject, but I was reminded recently – once again – that we simply can’t be silent about it. The right to LOVE is at stake, people, […]

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