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Author: Fred Wooden

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

In the Meantime,

Happenings May 18, 2022 – From MI I am back in MI for the next three weeks for three reasons, in order of importance  1) Wendy is finishing her chemotherapy and  beginning her radiotherapy.2) Our grandson turns one soon.3) My yard needs a lot of attention I feel especially fortunate about the first.  Wendy’s treatment…
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In the Meantime,

Happenings May 11, 2022 – from AZ When I arrived, back in September of 2020, I quickly latched onto a book by the church consultant Susan Beaumont, “How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You are Going.”  At my request both the board and the Transition Team read it and remarked on how it…
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In the Meantime,

Happenings May 4, 2022 – from AZ Boy am I proud of you!  You have got yourself a great new minister.  See ya! No.  My work is not quite done.  My favorite Advent hymn starts with the verse that says, “… Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table.”…
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Happenings April 21, 2022 – from MI We all hate politics and we all love politics, but few know what politics actually is.  The word derives from a Greek word, polis, which means city as in Indiana-polis.  If you also hear echoes of policy and police, you are correct.  All three words are about the…
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Happenings April 6, 2022 – From AZ “Well, my work here is done!”  That’s what I said at worship on April 3, when the search committee announced your candidate for settled ministry.  Actually not quite yet.  But things are different now, and they should be.  That’s why the term ‘settled’ is important. The term comes…
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In the Meantime,

Happenings Mar 30, 2022 – from AZ Back in Arizona and appreciating spring.  Up north, as many of you remember from your years prior to AZ, spring is fleeting.  Or rather, winter hangs on as long as possible.  The day I got back to MI it was 60, but every day after that was below…
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In the Meantime,

Happenings Mar 23,  2022 – From MI As I write from Michigan, the reliable political theater of Supreme Court hearings is going on.  I am not watching because it is both predictable and infuriating.  Of course, there are a lot of things that are now predictably infuriating about our politics; but that is not my…
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In the Meantime,

Happenings Mar 15,  2022 – From MI “Beware the Ides of March!”  We all learned that in Junior High or Middle School, along with “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears.”  Shakespeare’s retelling of the Julius Caesar story is probably better known than the history itself. Stories are powerful.  And like the example I cited,…
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In the Meantime,

Happenings Mar 8,  2022 – from AZ News! News! As you may have heard, our Covid policies have changed.  Our Covid team (Alison Cantley, Kody Holmes, Lloyd Harrell and Doug Campos-Outcalt) met last Friday and made the following recommendations: 1. We need not limit the size of public events at VUU.2. At all public events,…
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In the Meantime,

Happenings Mar 1,  2022 – From MI Something that has not happened to me in Arizona that has often happened in Michigan is power outages.  Because of that I know that major outages take time not only to repair but to restart.  It has to be done in steps.   This came to mind as…
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