Author Archives: Ruth Harder

I’m dreaming of a multi-colored Christmas

Last year at Rainbow these darling angels adorned our church Christmas tree. They were made by Lillian Dohlman. Now this angelic host hovers in the pastor’s office all year round. So far they haven’t made any huge pronouncements, at least … Continue reading

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A window into so much more

Grateful for what Allen A.M.E. on Edisto Island, South Carolina, continues to teach me…and the world.

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Whiteness or Wideness?

The guest preacher for the morning, a black man, and I were sitting on the chancel bench preparing for worship. In front of us the Rainbow choir was rehearsing their morning anthem, “There is a Wideness in God’s Mercy.” Our … Continue reading

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Unlearning and Relearning

This pastoral study project, which I’m now calling Stained Theology, began in January 2022. The funding entity—Louisville Institute—hosted a two-day consultation (by Zoom) for the 25 grant recipients. It was a beautiful array of people and backgrounds and interesting projects. … Continue reading

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Seeing Color

Recently I had a dream where I was floating amongst pieces of colorful stained glass. The light was so vibrant that it was turning my skin into a kaleidoscope of colors. It was a trip! I suppose it shouldn’t surprise … Continue reading

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“A picture is worth a thousand words…”

This oft-quoted adage rings true for me, who tends to be a visual learner (and semi-lazy reader). Perhaps that is why reading picture-less books such as the Bible is sometimes a struggle. Yes, there are plenty of illustrated Bibles to … Continue reading

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Late for Easter

This year at Rainbow one of our high school students is accompanying the opening Easter hymn, Christ the Lord is Risn’ today. I hope she isn’t late, which I say only from personal experience. (My one and only debut as … Continue reading

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It came upon a violent midnight

The police and emergency responders were called to the 1400 block of Southwest Boulevard (the same block as Rainbow Mennonite Church) near midnight on December 3. A gathering of teenagers and community members had gotten out of hand and violence … Continue reading

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Liv

You may or may not have noticed these yellow ribbons near Rainbow. They started appearing over a year ago, after a three year old named Olivia died. You can read about it here and here. Warning: Child Abuse Olivia’s death, … Continue reading

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Holy week triggers

Every year during Holy Week I try and find ways (not always successfully) of issuing a trigger warning. That’s because the Biblical stories of Jesus’ arrest and trial includes horrific and brutal scenes–unspeakable torture and terror. Those of us haunted … Continue reading

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