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We laugh freely and rejoice in the wonder of God’s love and care, while investing our energy, our courage, and our creativity in building a world of justice and equal opportunity for all.

 

We affirm our high calling to care for all creation and to seek justice for the oppressed, ever-conscious of the socioeconomic dimensions of climate change and ecological disruption and its effects on global inequality.


We are spiritual seekers who embrace Jesus’ message of love and compassion, and often find ourselves more comfortable with questions than answers. We value science, culture, and the wisdom of other religious traditions.

In the spirit of love, we welcome people of every age, economic status, ethnicity, physical ability, nationality, race, religious background, and sexual orientation to participate fully in all aspects of our church’s life and ministry.



A MESSAGE FROM

OUR PASTOR

Monday, October 11, 2021


NOTES FROM THE PASTOR
Rev. Dr. Curran Reichert


“We cannot literally go back in time and undo what we did. And yet, repentance is precisely that process by which we can — in the moral realm, if not in the physical realm — we can go back to the deed, we can find that part of ourselves that led to doing the transgression, and reform ourselves. I find that inspiring, to think that we are not in bondage to even our most grievous mistakes.”

- Louis Newman, From On Being interview with Krista Tippett


The brief definition of emotional trauma is unprocessed energy. The body hangs on to sense memories that cause us pain if that pain has not been properly addressed and released. Sometimes spiritual trauma results from what we have done to others rather than what they have done to us.
 
Imagine you could go back to the worst moment of your life, a time when you did something you really wish you hadn’t. Perhaps you hurt someone you loved physically or emotionally. Now imagine you could have a redo, a big spiritual “backsie.”
 
That is the opportunity afforded us every time we pray this line in The Lord’s Prayer; “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,” or “forgive us our sins/trespasses and we forgive those who have sinned/trespassed against us.” I wonder if we really take enough time to let the weight of that request sink in.
 
This week in your prayer life, I invite you to carve out a moment to invite something in that might not feel particularly good: think of a time when you hurt someone or something. Can you remember what led up to your actions? What did you learn from the experience? Is it too late to ask forgiveness from the person or thing you wronged? One promise is certain, it is never too late to ask for God’s forgiveness. If you can address your heart with loving kindness, offering a meaningful request for forgiveness - you might just notice the emotion of that situation softening.
 
The Jewish New Testament offers the prayer this way…
 
“Our Father in heaven! May your Name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us the food we need today. Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us. And do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One. For kingship, power and glory are your forever. Amen.”
 
This coming Sunday the founder of Capacitar, Pat Kane will be with us in our 10:30 service (remember, there will just be one service that day). Pat is an expert in clearing blocked energy in the body. This would be a great Sunday to bring a friend to church. For what is church if not an opportunity to experience God’s healing touch. For more information on Capacitar visit their website at https://capacitar.org/. 
  
In Shalom,
Curran

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