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In the Meantime,

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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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In the Meantime, (Reprint)

I am going to do something I have almost never done – not work for a few weeks.  Most of my career I actually worked during vacation.  That was partly self serving.  When you are away for several weeks the inbox and to do list get fuller and longer.  But frankly, it was also a…
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In the Meantime,

I am going to do something I have almost never done – not work for a few weeks.  Most of my career I actually worked during vacation.  That was partly self serving.  When you are away for several weeks the inbox and to do list get fuller and longer.  But frankly, it was also a…
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In the Meantime,

This past weekend I attended an in-person event at a member’s home.  It was harder than I expected.  Mind, we are all vaccinated.  The risk was almost nil.  But seeing a dozen people in one room without masks, sitting close to one another, was disquieting.  Even at the office, where we are fewer and vaccinated…
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In the Meantime,

Did I tell you about my house?  We own a very old (1887) brick house in downtown Grand Rapids, part of a historic district.  But just as older people need more care to stay well, so old houses need more care and attention.  That’s why I expect to spend money every year to maintain it. …
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In the Meantime,

June is always busting out, as the song says.  In addition to the usual stuff, you had your annual meeting (which went very well let me say).  I had my annual meeting of the UU Ministers, and soon comes the UUA General Assembly. The intense heat is just a bonus, right? For newer members, GA…
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