Other Writings

  • A prayer for this morning…

    October 4, 2020 by

    Dear God: We feel dizzy from holding our collective breath. There are uncertain words hanging in the air like smoke. We cannot avoid them. They color everything we see. Help us take this moment to rest in you; to re-center ourselves; to hear you whisper words of hope and comfort in our ears. Help us to rest in you; to trust your love for us in the middle of hardships and heartaches; to cry on your shoulder; to pound our fists with grief and rage. Help us to rest in you; to feel your presence; to feel your strength; to… Read more Continue reading A prayer for this morning…

  • The Sacredness of Voting

    September 16, 2020 by

    From the September Issue of PNCUCC News: I was 26 years old and living in Dayton, Ohio when I met Kelvin Sauls. Kelvin was from South Africa and attending school at United Theological Seminary. During the time I knew him in the early 1990s, South Africa was going through an amazing, tumultuous time. The freedom struggle was at a fever pitch. Nelson Mandela was freed from prison. All races were getting ready to vote in a general election for the first time. It seemed as though the whole country could either enter a new multiracial era or explode into violence… Read more Continue reading The Sacredness of Voting

  • Early morning reflection on Exodus 16:2-15

    September 14, 2020 by

    I’m trying something new. These are once in a while reflections on the scripture of the coming week that I’ll put out and share. You are free to share them and use them for any church setting. You are also welcomed – but not required – to go to http://www.pncucc.org and make a donation to the Pacific Northwest Conference by clicking on the Donate button and giving to Friends of the Conference. Thanks! Continue reading Early morning reflection on Exodus 16:2-15

  • 7/17/2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

    July 17, 2020 by

    Dear Siblings in Christ: In this week’s lectionary account of the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43), Jesus follows up with a clear explanation of what the story means. And yet, I ended up thinking about our context, too.  This is a time when, for sectarian purposes, misinformation is getting sown among accurate information and it’s hard to tell what’s false and what’s true some days. Thousands of people have gotten sick and died because of this. Having to take the time to sort out partisan motivations from facts was always resulting in the deaths and suffering of people… Read more Continue reading 7/17/2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

  • Nikkita Oliver’s Sermon from Plymouth UCC

    July 3, 2020 by

    Hi friends:Nikkita Oliver is a leader in the Seattle region and beyond and, last Sunday, they preached at Plymouth United Church of Christ. In a relatively short period of time, they were able to connect a wide range of intersecting questions in a pretty amazing way. I asked for permission to share this sermon with you and the tech person at Plymouth was kind enough to clip that part out of the service. Here’s the link to the sermon:https://youtu.be/JxuKK_cSgig Continue reading Nikkita Oliver’s Sermon from Plymouth UCC

  • The Dance of Inclusion

    July 3, 2020 by

    Hi all:This is the 2nd offering in a series of offerings from those with particular wisdom and knowledge related to racism. This piece was written by The Rev. Bianca Davis-Lovelace in 2o17. I’ve added her updated bio below the link:The Dance of Inclusion“Rev. Bianca Davis-Lovelace is the Executive Director of Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (REACH Renton) and an ordained United Church of Christ minister. Also, she currently serves as the Washington State Tri-Chair for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.  Bianca earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech from Jackson State University and a Master of Arts Management degree with a… Read more Continue reading The Dance of Inclusion

  • 6-19-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

    June 19, 2020 by

    Dear Siblings in Christ: In the liturgical year, the time between Pentecost and the start of Advent (and the time between Christmastide and Lent) was also called “Ordinary Time.” We don’t recognize it in the same way as we do a lot of other seasons in the Christian liturgical cycle but it is the longest.  In my own spiritual life, I tend to look at the time during the other named seasons as opportunities to remember, renew, and re-integrate some of the central stories of our faith and to remember, renew, and re-integrate some of the central practices the stories… Read more Continue reading 6-19-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update


    June 7, 2020 by

    Over the past several months, I’ve tried to share with you the wisdom and knowledge of public health officers, epidemiologists, religious leaders, and medical professionals who are helping us modify our perspectives and actions during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so. Over the coming weeks, I’m also going to do the same with those who have similar wisdom and knowledge related to racism. Many of these voices will come from within our conference and denomination and some will come from our wider community. This first piece is from Pastor Jermell Witherspoon, pastor of Liberation UCC and Everett UCC and a member of the Pacific Northwest Conference Board. With hope,Mike “We are in mourning. The earth is in mourning. The trees are… Read more Continue reading THIS IS THE STATEMENT

  • A prayer for peace…

    June 7, 2020 by

    Dear God: This morning, I pray for peace. Again. Almost every time I do, I remember these benedicting words from Philippians: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” On the hardest days, I come back to these words as a plea or as grace or as comfort …or, somedays, a pray these words as an excuse; as though peace is truly beyond understanding, is truly beyond human implementation so  I shrug my shoulders and surrender to not understanding. I surrender to no effort. Dear God, this morning, help… Read more Continue reading A prayer for peace…

  • Pentecost, 2020

    May 30, 2020 by

    Dear God: I’ve been imagining Pentecost… (Luke and Acts) The disciples were trying to get their movement back on track.  A few days before, Jesus had led a march into Jerusalem; to the Temple, to be exact. Gathered outside were folks selling this and that for use in the temple and they were selling it for way too much. Poor folks couldn’t afford it. So, with Jesus at the lead, the marchers chased out the vendors and, some say, turned their tables over. As the news got around I imagine that some called it a rebellion and some called it… Read more Continue reading Pentecost, 2020

  • 5-27-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

    May 27, 2020 by

    Dear Siblings in Christ: Take a deep breath. Let it out slowly. Take another deep breath. Let that one out slowly, too. Pentecost was not planned. The disciples were gathered in a room – isolated and afraid – when something strange and beautiful happened. Holy Love and Wisdom were discernible in flame and in speech. Maybe it was the birthday of the Church or maybe it was when a religious moment gave birth to a religious movement. Maybe it was the moment when those who followed Christ became the Body of Christ. Something strange and beautiful happened that was so… Read more Continue reading 5-27-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

  • 5-21-2020 PNC COVID-19 Update

    May 22, 2020 by

    Dear Siblings in Christ: Just a little bit ago, my phone started buzzing with news and questions about the President directing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to declare “houses of worship, churches, synagogues and mosques” as “essential places that provide essential services” and commanding governors to reopen places of worship. Someday, it will be great to talk about whether or not any US governmental body has the legal authority to tell a religious body what we can or can not do and under what conditions. Even though that might seem like the most important conversation to have today… Read more Continue reading 5-21-2020 PNC COVID-19 Update

  • An update and a prayer

    May 17, 2020 by

    Take a deep breath, then let it out slowly. Take another deep breath and let that one out slowly, too. Many of you have probably heard by now that, last Sunday, several churches across the US had their worship interrupted by a coordinated effort of some who tried to project awful images to people. At this point, the reasons for this are not clear. A few weeks ago, we sent out information about Zoombombing and encouraged you to take some steps to help prevent it (you can find a more recent and concise outline of some steps to take here).… Read more Continue reading An update and a prayer

  • A Prayer for Our Weariness

    May 10, 2020 by

    Dear God: Bless all ​of us​ who are weary: – Those who are weary of another day without family and friends in their home… – Those who are weary of wearing a mask on beautiful days… – Those who are weary of washing their hands… – Those who are weary of another meeting or worship service or pastoral visit on the phone or computer screen… – Those who are weary of the anxiety that comes with going to the grocery store… – Those who are weary of the pace of bad news and conflicting information… – Those who are weary as… Read more Continue reading A Prayer for Our Weariness

  • 05-06-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

    May 6, 2020 by

    Dear Siblings in Christ: You’re all amazing. Let me say that right up front. The ways you’ve all been living into this moment in your homes, churches, work lives, and personal lives have not been easy but you’re pulling it off. The days to come are going to be a challenge, too, but the fact we’ve done this well this long speaks to the faith, creativity, and support we’ll be able to draw on to make it through. The actions you’ve already taken have saved lives. I know these days are not easy ones and I’m missing sharing in-person worship… Read more Continue reading 05-06-2020 COVID-19 PNC Update

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