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In the Meantime,

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In the Meantime,

He’s here.  I was in a VUU zoom last night when word came through that Samuel Kyle Wooden, son of Stephen and Adelyn, was born.  All the Connection Circle leaders got a look at him as I held up his picture to the camera on my computer.  It’s the same picture you see.   That’s why the…
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In the Meantime,

Absence may make the heart grow fonder but it makes the brain grow weaker.  I am in Michigan for a while, mostly to await a new grandchild, but the miles and the timezones and the lack of visual reminders mean it is harder to work.  I forgot to write this piece altogether until Lore prompted…
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In the Meantime,

Ministers hate spring.  Because that’s often when annual meetings are held which means writing annual reports.  No doubt there are some who love doing this but I have not met them.  You may then conclude that I am no fan, but it is nonetheless essential.  We use the word ‘accountability’ a lot now, and reports…
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In the Meantime,

One thing we have all learned from the pandemic is that VUU is not the place but the people.  As we get closer to when we can be with one another in person again, let’s remember the first part as much as the second.  That’s why I applaud the Board for supporting the goal of…
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In the Meantime,

Cinco de Mayo makes me uneasy.  It came into existence to honor a community within the US and is more popular in America than in Mexico.  In recent years the Mexican community has been critical of folks dressing up in so-called Mexican clothes and drinking cerveza and tequila the way we down Guinness and Jameson…
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In the Meantime,

I should tell you about my work week, the stuff that happens between Sundays.   This one is busier than usual but we hold a (virtual) staff meeting every Monday, followed by a worship planning meeting.  This week I also met with the chair of the LDC on Monday to bring me up to date on…
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In the Meantime,

It was a gimmick, but sometimes they work!  I offered a free mask with the VUU logo for those who raised their pledge by $10 a month over last year.  Over 100 folks did so and now they are here.  (We have a few extras, by the way.  Feel free to ask.  Price?  We’ll talk.) …
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In the Meantime,

April 15 is tax day, right?  We all hate it, even if we get a refund.  And all that work!  Hating taxes is an American tradition, of course.  Gideon Tucker, a mid 19th century lawyer, famously said, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.”  This was back before…
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In the Meantime,

I am on the road this week, heading to Michigan to await an expected grandchild.  But… BUT!.. I will be back in AZ soon.  And no matter where I am physically I will be working for VUU.   That’s the gift of this awful pandemic, that we can be together even when we are apart. …
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In the Meantime,

Scandalous!  That’s what we say when someone really acts out. Or we used to say it.  But you know what I mean.  What you may not know is where the word comes from.  It’s from the Greek ‘skandalon,’ which means a ‘trap.’  Think of political scandals where the media catches them in their sins –…
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