Religious Education Notes

Kindness and Grace We are living in the midst of such uncertain times. Uncertainty tends to stir up anxiety and fear in many people. It makes it harder to navigate the difficult decisions we face with skillfulness and compassion. Do we go out or stay home? In what situations should we mask or not? Do […]

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Keepers of the Earth As the effects of climate change continue to be felt around the world, fostering an alternative way of relating to the earth is imperative. As an educator, I’ve always valued those ‘Aha’ moments when a connection is made or deeper understanding is experienced. This is especially true with children and is […]

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RE Work Day

Everyone is invited to join in on the fun to help us prepare our spaces to gather in person this fall at church. We will gather together to assemble play equipment, as well as spruce up the building and grounds into a welcoming space for all ages to gather together again. We’re providing pizza for […]

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Summertime! As restaurants and bars are increasing capacity and other venues reopen, it can feel as though we are “getting back to normal” in terms of in-person activities. Many of us are feeling relief as Covid numbers decrease, and the freedom to be out and about once again. Others of us are still struggling for […]

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Bridging and Change Our seniors are bridging out this spring and we are brainstorming ideas about how to offer in-person RE next fall. We’re thinking outside of the box! Outside is the key word because we are planning to create new outdoor spaces for learning and play. Vaccinations are not yet available for children nor […]

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#No More Hate Rally May 16 at 3:00 pm at Bronson Park Black Lives Matter and Asian Pacific Islander American groups in Kalamazoo are collaborating to organize this intersectional rally to stand together against the insidious racism so prevalent against black people, indigenous people and people of color. I’d love to see a huge turnout […]

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Religious Education Notes

Awakening Love “The important thing is not to think much, but to love much, and so to do whatever best awakens you to love.”                             ~Teresa of Avila What practices support awakening love within you? What reminds you to return to yourself so that you can act from your deepest held values and […]

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Spring’s Hope As the wheel of the year turns toward spring, hopeful new beginnings unfurl. As vaccination numbers increase and temperatures rise, hope springs forth for safely seeing other people outdoors. As the days lengthen, new life awakens underground, sap flows and hope for the sweetness of fresh possibilities arise. As much as I love […]

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Rest and Rejuvenation as Resistance I recently took a week of study leave during which I stayed at a cabin at GilChrist retreat center in Three Rivers. I spent the first three days in deep spiritual retreat mode. With no cell phone reception or internet connection, I spent my time reading, writing, hiking, sleeping, doing […]

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Hope for Healing As 2020 draws to a close, here’s hoping for a fresh start to the new year. No one could have predicted how 2020 ended up unfolding. So much change in so many unexpected ways. It reminds me of how uncertain, unpredictable and precarious life really is. We think we can anticipate and […]

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