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Author: Fred Wooden

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

In the Meantime,

Did these past weeks remind you of “Waiting to Exhale?” While I never saw the 1995 movie, I understood the phrase.  It means holding your breath until you feel it is safe to let go; with that “whew” sound no doubt.  After so many uncertain weeks it seems we can let go of political worries and…
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In the Meantime,

History is a lot more fun to read than make.  This past week has been the most troubling in America since September 11, and ultimately is even more momentous.  A comic strip from long ago, written during another turbulent era, parodied the words of Commodore Perry in the Era of 1812, saying, “We have met…
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In the Meantime,

This Sunday the Transition Team and I prepared a service that would share our work and your stories about VUU as part of the pilgrimage from one settled ministry to the next.  Then the world intervened, as we all know.  “Best laid plans,” as the poet said.  Of course, we have been living in unusually uncertain times now for almost a…
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In the Meantime,

I think it was Emerson who observed that because eternity was too much for mortal minds to comprehend, God mercifully divided it into days and years.  It is before dawn on December 21, 2020 as I write these few thoughts and social media is filled with comments about the annus horribilis about to end and…
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In the Meantime

So, we went out and looked at the convergence.  It was fun.  But honestly, it was not a big deal.  Sure, it was 800 years since they last lined up like that, but that’s only from an earth perspective. And to be totally blunt, even then only humans noticed.  What is notable is not the…
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In the Meantime

Here it is barely a week before Christmas Eve and what I am doing? Listening to lots of Beethoven.  It is 250th birthday, and this yearwas supposed to be full of Ludwig performances.  But Covid….  Long ago, when I was in high school, I got bitten by the classical musicbug and asked my folks if…
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In the Meantime

I sit in a motel in Albuquerque NM as I write this midweek message.  Not the usual place to be working. But these are not usual times. By now, in any other year, plans would have long been made for Christmas Eve.  Of course there will be a service, but not like last year.  I have…
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In the Meantime

It’s just after 9 pm Tuesday December 1st as I write and I just finished a supplemental board meeting.  If you do not know, you have an awesome board, and as I hate using the word ‘awesome’ casually that means I think they are really good.  What makes them awesome is that they care about…
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In the Meantime

Almost forgot to write something this week.  Go over to the VUU Facebook page to find out why, and see what I am up to back in Michigan.  Anyway, it is good to remember that the so-called first Thanksgiving (there’s a story and a half about that) was gratitude for survival.  Those pitiful pilgrims had endured a…
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In the Meantime

Do you remember Robert Schuller?  He was the TV preacher from the “Hour of Power,” a native of West Michigan by the way, who got his start by hosting church services at a drive-in theater.   I thought of him as we continue through the virus limited life and how we have a campus that…
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