Hope for the Future: Pope Francis’s Visit

With Love from Pat – Friday, September 25, 2015 Pope Francis’ historic address to our Congress has been widely praised for its thoughtful reflections on many of the issues facing our world right now. His address is continuing to be analyzed as politicians, pundits, and ordinary people like myself look for ways the Pope’s words […]

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When Silence Becomes as Common as Noise

August 14, 2015 During the last week of July, I was privileged to be part of a small group engaging in a week-long spiritual journey at Casa del Sol, the spiritual retreat center at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Twelve of us, along with three group leaders, listened deeply and shared deeply, both with one another […]

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Pluto, and the Ancient Words of the Psalms

July 17, 2015 The photos of Pluto are breathtaking! The fact that they are being transmitted back to us over a distance of 3 billion miles is incredible. Creation is so vast and magnificent. It is a wonder to behold. We are learning more about our universe all the time. And the more we learn, […]

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We Stand with Frank Schaefer: A Letter from Pat and Joe

Between us we have over 70 years of ordained ministry within the United Methodist Church. We have faced our share of challenges but have known still more joys within our congregations and communities. Our social justice involvements have been as near as sleeping outdoors in support of homeless youth next door, as far away as fighting apartheid in South Africa, and in many, many struggles for justice and liberation in places in between. During the recent floods in Colorado, we personally felt the concrete blessing of being part of a connectional church that reaches out to support one another and the community. We treasure the power of compassion when 12 million United Methodists worldwide unite to carry the love of God into the world.
At the same time nothing has saddened, embarrassed and angered us more than witnessing United Methodist institutional leaders fall horribly short of implementing Jesus’ call to radical inclusion and love when it comes to our LGBTQ sisters and the brothers.

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The Pentecost Story

This Sunday we will reflect on the story of the first Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21). This is an amazing story about God working through people to both change the way we think about one another and the way we live together.

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The Power of Mothers

Sunday is Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day means so many different things to each of us. For some, Mother’s Day is a day of delightful joy. For others, Mother’s Day is a day of difficult sorrow. Sunday we will acknowledge that Mother’s Day is not simply a festive greeting card but rather a complex reality that touches us all in many ways.

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Steel in Your Convictions

You should have seen the joy at the Boulder County Clerk’s Office at midnight on May 1st. The first-floor was packed with couples waiting to receive a Colorado Civil Union license. The actual licenses were issued on the second floor.

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