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Author: Fred Wooden

Love is our Doctrine. Service is our prayer. Justice is our calling.

In the Meantime,

First things first: As of October 17th we can welcome all people in the sanctuary on Sunday, including children.  You have been very good so far in observing the provisos that still remain in place and allow us to be together.        Be immune       Wear a mask and a wristband   …
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In the Meantime,

First things first:    Worship this week, October 10, is entirely virtual. The sanctuary will be empty.   This is because it is being led by those leading the Beyond Categorical Thinking Program that is required of all congregations seeking UU clergy.  They will handle every aspect of worship this coming Sunday, following a Saturday program…
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In the Meantime,

I am going remote.  For the next two weeks I will be back in Michigan to get my hair cut, my teeth cleaned, close on a mortgage refi, weed my yard, and (oh yes) see my family.   I will be at work, but from a distance.  Before Covid most interim ministers were truly peripatetic.…
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In the Meantime,

In case you did not know, my personal spiritual life is as a non Jewish member of a synagogue.  This has been part of my life for 22 years now, both in Grand Rapids and Brooklyn. That’s why I know so much (for a non Jew) about the holidays, which by the way are still…
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In the Meantime,

Good news!  We are on track to resume in person activity by October 17.  More good news.  Our Covid team says we can welcome 50-75 overall in the sanctuary now.  Even more good news.  You need not ask to be invited now.    However…  If you are not immunized, or are in close contact with…
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In the Meantime,

Long ago I came across this observation from the French theologian Alfred Loisy,  “Jesus came proclaiming the Kingdom of God; what we got was the Church.”  All clergy come to the calling because they heard the romantic promise of “the Kingdom” and discovered that making it happen involves rather unromantic work.    I spoke about…
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In the Meantime,

Remember, “Man plans, God laughs.” The Delta surge, or spike or whatever it’s called, seems to be nearing its peak.  But our benchmark of 2 weeks decline has not yet begun.  That means September 12 is not going to be when we resume in-person worship and faith formation.  Judging by past surges, we are hoping…
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In the Meantime,

Is it “Deja Vu are over again,” as Yogi Berra malapropped years ago?  For those under 50, Yogi Berra was a person, a burly catcher for the New York Yankees who famously misspoke.  Here we are at the bring of September and the pandemic that was in retreat in May and June is spiking again…
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In the Meantime,

Borders exist everywhere, when you think about it.  We mostly think of national borders with their immigration and customs portals.  I have crossed such borders at least fifteen times.  But there are also state borders marked by signs saying “Welcome to Ohio” or some such.  As I sit in OHare airport on my way back…
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In the Meantime…

Well, as the old Yiddish proverb goes, “Man plans, God laughs.” Thanks to the Delta Variant, Covid cases are rising again and so are anxieties.  Should we continue with our plan to resume in-person Sunday activities?   Marci, Katie and I consulted with the Covid team and asked about increased risk and ‘best practices’ and came…
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