August 11, 2018

Desmond Tutu quote


August 2, 2018

HYMN: We Reclaim the Name of Jesus

We reclaim the name of Jesus; we announce the grace he brought.
We believe his love redeems us; we reclaim the things he taught.
We know each one bears God’s image; racist words and deeds are sin.
We commit to spread the message: God is love and love will win.
We reclaim the name of Jesus; we’re Christ’s body here on earth.
We resist when some would lead us to devalue women’s worth.
We see how Christ loved the stranger, tore down barriers, opened doors.
We will welcome those in danger; we will love and serve the poor.
We reclaim the name of Jesus and we trust the truth he brings.
We renounce what some now tell us — that their lies are normal things.
We reject the push toward power; we support democracy.
We seek ways to work together for a just society.
We reclaim the name of Jesus; he brought love to all the earth.
We protest when people tell us that our country should come first.
We are in a time of crisis, so Christ’s church must call out sin.
We stand firm for we believe this: God is love and love will win.
HOLY MANNA 8.7.8.7 D ("God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens")
This hymn is based on "Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis” at www.reclaimingjesus.org.
Permission is given for free use of the hymn.

Francis "hot Air"


July 28, 2018

Saturday Funny


July 25, 2018

No Guns in My Heaven

In my Heaven
There will be no guns.
No more angry or lonely or off their rocker
boys or men with guns (and why
is it always boys and men?)
wearing trench coats or T-shirts
emblazoned with rage,
who turn an otherwise ordinary, innocent
day — into killing fields.
No more breaking news breaking our hearts. 
No lock down drills, students learning
to drop to the floor, out of the line of vision.
No bump stocks. No more AK 5’s, 47’s. No need
for women to open their purses before they enter
the play, the movie, the concert. And no need
to fear windows that offer vantage points
for taking aim. In my heaven there will be
no one more interested in selling guns
than saving lives. No need for politicians
who court them. No — in my heaven
we’ll melt down, remold our overkill
of guns, turn them into plowshares
that till soil, plant seeds
of hope and mercy. 
Colette Volkema DeNooyer began her career as a teacher. She later became an ordained United Church of Christ minister, but turning fifty, chose to more intentionally pursue her love of writing. Her poems have appeared in Peregrine (AWA Press) and Dunes Review (Michigan Writers) as well as in Waterlines, an anthology, and her recent book of poems, titled This Time... (Chapbook Press). 

July 16, 2018

Veterans for Peace


July 4, 2018

Annual Conference Candlelit Vigil -July 4 at 8:30 pm

JUL4

Annual Conference Candlelit Vigil: Families Belong Together