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April 17 Edevotional

This week, in the lectionary readings for the Easter season, we move from Jesus’ resurrection appearances as recorded by Luke, to John’s Gospel and the more mystical sayings of Jesus to the disciples before he is to die. John writes as if Jesus is almost desperate to help the followers understand their way to a […]

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April 11 Edevotional

“Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. John 20:20 Joy is a form of resistance. This is what my colleague shared that she heard at a conference on white privilege and the struggle for dismantling […]

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April 4 Edevotional

The Psalm for this Sunday reads, “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down…” Psalm 133:1, 2 It is like the unnamed woman crashing the dinner party where Jesus is at the table. She must have gone under the […]

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March 28 Edevotional – Holy Week

From Ash Wednesday to Holy Week Wednesday. It is quite a journey. In a few days we will again sit at a body of ashes, of grief and despair, where hope has seemed to disappear into violence and death. Yet the words of one of our youngest at our Ash Wednesday gathering in the middle […]

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March 21 Edevotional

This last week of Lent and I’m thinking quite a bit about peace, the peace of God that passes all understanding. Peace does not come easily, neither in my own heart, in relationship with my neighbors, within our United Methodist Church, nor in relationships between states or nations. Though we can only begin, and perhaps […]

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Learning in the Office

A few weeks ago, we received information about a website host that we could participate in a month- long challenge of learning. Every few days I received another challenge. Those challenges included posting to Facebook, posting something different to our website, learning new graphics and how to use and change them properly, posting video to […]

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March 14 Edevotional

Many high-school students will be walking out of their classrooms this morning, 10 a.m., to gather for 17 minutes of silence in honor and memory of fellow students in Parkland, Florida, shot and killed. I will be gathering at the Peace Park in Northbrook with other clergy and lay-folks in support of the students walk-out. […]

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March 7 Edevotional

Psalm 107 is a litany of stories, recounting desperate circumstances of danger, of extreme hunger and thirst, of injustice and oppression, of work and vocation turned sour. In each small story, there is a crying out to God, and God’s response. For some of us, reading this Psalm may lead us to think and believe […]

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Letting Go of the Cracked Lens – Lent Week 3

On Sunday evening, we hosted a mutli-generational event focused on listening to youth share about the joys and challenges of teen life today. The bad news is that social media fuels some of our desire for perfection, whether it is planning a Pinterest-worthy party, or making sure we update our Instagram with a photo showing […]

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