Tag Archives: Hudson River Presbyery

Oh, Say Can You See…

Independence Day is upon us, an appropriate time to wade into a topic which can prove contentious for many congregations – national flags in sanctuary spaces.  If your worship space contains a national flag, I would urge you to use … Continue reading

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May It Be So

It has been a hard week.  Early Easter morning my uncle died.  At almost 90, his death was not a tragedy; but we will miss him deeply.  And then came news of the death of a friend’s teen aged son. … Continue reading

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The Weakness of God

As we moved from Maundy Thursday to Good Friday to the silence of Saturday, I found myself dreading Easter.  I was not ready to rejoice as news of the bombing of Afghanistan continued in the headlines.  I didn’t want to … Continue reading

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Giving Up Lent for Lent

“No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh … Continue reading

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It’s Not About Us!

During Inauguration weekend, I had a conversation with the pastor of a Presbyterian Church that was predominately black church.  When asked if the members of that church would be participating in the Women’s March the reply was “That is not … Continue reading

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Finding My Way…

     I am sitting at my desk today feeling buffeted by Friday’s inauguration and Saturday’s marches.  Opposing words, opposing visions, opposing passions.  I am aware that, while I have a clear preference, my reality does not align completely with … Continue reading

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Jesus Is Not An Enabler

From the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry we learn a very troubling lesson: Our messiah is not an enabler. You see Jesus is not here to do anything for us… He is here to empower us to go out into … Continue reading

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