2021 Lenten Devotion 4

In advance of the fourth Sunday in Lent, Allyssa McNeal shares theological and personal reflections on the correlating Lectionary texts.  Seeking a way out Numbers 21:4-9 The Israelites were grumpy and growing impatient like many of us during this Lenten season in the midst of a global pandemic. Moses was tasked with keeping them encouraged […]

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2021 Lenten Devotion 3

My childhood is tainted with violence and abuse instigated by my own father. I was in my first year of high school when a tragedy happened, my father was killed by his own father. I was confused at that time about what to feel. Should I be happy for there’s no father to harm us? […]

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Bishop Hagiya’s Briefing (11/30/2020)

4 Rejoice[c] in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.[d] 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds […]

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September 15, 2020

Dear CEC Community, I want to talk about our future. But first, a story. Last Monday – Labor Day – I had just sat down to make a few notes before transitioning out of vacation mode. I was still damp from the Calapooia river and was sitting on the deck of our family home in […]

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Welcoming

July 1, 2020  “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me [Jesus said], and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me.”  (Mt. 10:40) Last Sunday the joke was from “Pickles” in the VC Star…it was a grampa and grandson… the grampa says, “Nelson, show me that hole in your sock”…and he does; it’s a black sock, […]

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Rosh haShanah

From a CLUE notice about Rosh haShanah [which 10 holy days later leads to] Yom Kippur…   This year, Rosh haShanah began on September 18th, at sundown.  Yom Kippur is on the 27th.   I’ll [Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels] leave you selections from a beautiful reading about Rosh haShanah and the High Holy Days in general written […]

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Rev. Ashley Horan,  Another world is possible. We say it, again and again, even when the proof lies somewhere beyond the horizon, beyond our reach, beyond our imagination. This is our faith: Another world is possible. Not somewhere else— another world, another lifetime—but here, and now, for us and for all. Another world is possible. […]

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