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Shavuot

As a kid growing up Jewish, Shavuot never did much for me.  The one thing it had going for it was that it came fifty days after Passover … my favorite holiday.  That’s how we marked Shavuot.  Why fifty days? … Continue reading

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June Newsletter 2017

June 2017

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May Newsletter 2017

May 2017

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April 2017 Newsletter

April 2017

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Our Earth – What We Can Do

In 1970, in 19 flaming 70 Alvin Toffler wrote a book called “Future Shock.”  Mr. Toffler didn’t coin the phrase “information overload” but he certainly popularized it.  And 1970 was pre-internet.  Today we have information overload by the bucket. Just … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Pathogen of Hate

We are about to exit the flu season for this year, for which anyone who has had the flu may well be exceedingly grateful.  And we may all be grateful that the worldwide flu pandemic which many dread every year, … Continue reading

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March Newsletter 2017

March 2017

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Listen! … please

“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”   It’s a nursery rhyme, from that internationally … Continue reading

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February 2017 Newsletter

February 2017

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Your Money or Your Life?

I’d like to talk this morning about something that in many ways is talked about much too much … and in many ways isn’t talked about nearly enough. Money. Now you already know that we are an Interfaith congregation. So … Continue reading

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January 2017 Newsletter

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Honoring Chanukah

Hineh mah tov (see song at the end of the sermon).  “How good and pleasant it is for people to dwell together in unity.”  Good … and pleasant … and these days darn near impossible!  Unity has never seemed so … Continue reading

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Why Standing Rock Matters

(guest sermon for Evergreen UU) Good morning.  I had some trouble deciding how to start what I wanted to share this morning.  Lots of electrons bit the dust on my computer.  But then I remembered something I was told in … Continue reading

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December Newsletter 2016

December 2016

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November Newsletter 2016

November 2016

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The Case for Humility

Our topic today is “The Case for Humility.”  It might seem perhaps a bit strange that a person would feel it necessary to make a case for humility.  But if we look around us, particularly these days, if there is … Continue reading

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October Newsletter 2016

October 2016

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Welcome Back to Living Interfaith

An interesting thing happened on my way to writing this sermon.  First, I got distracted by my pear tree adventure.  For those who are not aware:  buckle up.  I was picking some delicious pears from my backyard pear tree when … Continue reading

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September Newsletter 2016

September 2016

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Fingers in Our Ears Syndrome

(I was a guest at Good Shepherd Baptist Church on Sunday, 14 August and was privileged to give the sermon) Good morning. It was good to meet many of you before the service. In case you’d like to skip the … Continue reading

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