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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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February 28 Edevotional

The gift of Sabbath as a holy resistance to the culture of NOW, of productivity and competition is our theme for these weeks of Lent. I invite us to think for a moment, also, about the politics of Sabbath-keeping. Capitalism and work, and the political power that gathers around them, are eroding the concept of […]

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February 21 Edevotional

The God of the Universe models observing a Sabbath in our story of Creation! Amazing. The God of the Universe, of all that is, commands us over and over to remember the Sabbath and to keep it holy, sacred, set apart. I am learning that it is in keeping that holy sphere of inactivity, that […]

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Lent Week 1: Family Activities for Sabbath

Welcome to the first week of Lent, a time of contemplation and spiritual practice to help us get ready for the mystery and joy of Easter. Here at Northbrook UMC, we are focusing on Sabbath as a gift and as a way of connecting with God and each other in an over scheduled world. Discuss: […]

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February 14 Edevotional

It is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a 40 day journey of Lent in preparation for the celebration of Easter. It’s also Valentines Day, a celebration of love. My friend, colleague, and mentor, Rev. Bonnie Beckonchrist recently posted this on her Facebook page: Folks are again preparing to start the season of Lent with the traditional […]

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