Earth Day 2020 in a COVID-19 World

April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. I intended to blog about that, taking a break from anything COVID-19 related. However, as I sat down to write this blog, I learned more of my 2020 plans were cancelled, because of COVID-19. I thank all those decision-makers who have to make these unpopular announcements. Still, my plans included a once-in-a-life time opportunity to celebrate with other distant relatives the 400th anniversary of […]

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Easter 2020

Last Sunday was the strangest Easter of my life. In my childhood Easter meant a basket filled will jelly beans and various forms of chocolate. Occasionally it also meant a new Easter dress and a visit with Mom to likely a Presbyterian or Methodist service. One set of grandparents claimed Methodist heritage, so when Mom wanted to attend a service it was usually one of theirs. I have zero memories of ever attending an Easter […]

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The Great Dying and Coronavirus

We wait and wonder, “How long until the WHO and CDC declare this novel coronavirus pandemic under control?” How soon can we resume our normal routines? Will we fill our church sanctuaries Easter Sunday 2020? Responsible clergy will not; but rather are at work this Holy Week planning alternative ways to bring folks together virtually. As several of my pastor colleagues have point out, there was no crowd there at the first Easter. The Great […]

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A Tribute to the Great x11 Granddaughter of William and Mary Brewster

Were she still alive, my mother, Elizabeth J. Hieber, would have turned 106 last Sunday (March 29, 2020).  She died at the age of only 78. I say “only” because her mother lived to the age of 96. I am grateful to her for the example she set on how to face adversity and obstacles. Her lessons have proven invaluable during this coronavirus challenge. I credit her for my love of reading. Her curiosity led […]

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Coronavirus Response Strategy

We’re all impacted by coronavirus even as we struggle to avoid becoming infected by it. I met today’s guest blog author Annette Petrick through Nancy Camden who helps us both with our IT issues. Annette sends out a Sunday morning “Consider This” audio post with nuggets of wisdom. I’ve never met either woman in person, and likely never will, as we live far apart from one another. None-the-less, we’re connected by virtue of modern technology. Technology […]

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