Plimoth Plantation

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? Does it really matter all that much what name or label we use to identify groups of people? The bard William Shakespeare famously had Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, say, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” If by that he meant the name of the flower isn’t what matters; but rather the fragrance of it, well then, sure what difference does it make? But what if the alternate […]

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plastic pollution

Avoiding Single-use Plastic for One Day

Christians around the world often give up something for Lent. This year, several folks suggested we give up plastic. Great idea! Photos of floating piles of plastic in our oceans, combined with stories of dead animals with stomachs filled with plastic debris, were huge motivators for this environmental-protection enthusiast. I decided to try a day without plastic. The first order of business – brush my teeth. My toothbrush is plastic, but I use it twice […]

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good vs evil

Words and Actions Matter

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. (John 1:1) I was checking out of a hotel to head to a congregation as a guest preacher.  That same weekend another angry, armed, hate-filled man attacked and killed people at worship at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile in Kentucky another man killed two people merely for being black. And another man sent pipe bombs to over […]

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Judith E.B. Roberts

Time to Reform Our Attitudes

The laws changed, but racist attitudes and actions still prevailed. (Judith Roberts) The Protestant Reformation was a world-transformation event that began back in Germany in 1517. We seem to always need to re-form something about ourselves and the world around us. Judith Roberts, author of this guest blog, writes eloquently about a neighbor’s efforts to reform his assumptions after her family moved in next door to him. She shares an eloquent account of her moving […]

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Ford, Kavanaugh, Columbus Day -social justice

Ford, Kavanaugh and Columbus Day

. . .and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (John 8:32) I’ve been debating whether or not to chime in on the national conversation about the Dr. Ford/Judge Kavanaugh hearings. The story of our country includes the narrative that our European ancestors came here to escape the tyranny of a hierarchy of royalty and high-ranking church leaders. When the Europeans settled here they essentially recreated that hierarchy with different […]

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