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Holy Smokes

Ten years ago, as a recent seminary graduate, I thought I knew the Christmas story frontward and backward. I did not, it turns out, know how to share this story of Jesus’ blessed birth without almost burning the church down. … Continue reading

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Water tree, find Jesus

It’s that time of year again—time to lose baby Jesus. It happens every year. We set up the crèche complete with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, angels and shepherds, and usually within 24 hours poor baby Jesus goes missing. With no … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving letter

Fall greetings and Happy Thanksgiving from Rainbow! It has become my annual November tradition to connect by letter to the extended Rainbow community. Rainbow exists today because of the many people near and far, past and present, who give generously … Continue reading

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Sixty years and counting

Bring out the rainbow cake and party bus! We will celebrate our church’s 60th anniversary this coming Sunday, November 19. And in case you are worried, no, we didn’t purchase this LOVE BUS pictured above as an anniversary present. We … Continue reading

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Building a Peace Resume Together

“Everyone’s a pacifist between wars. It’s like being a vegetarian between meals.” -Colman McCarthy, journalist, pacifist and peace activist This coming Sunday evening at Rainbow (November 5 from 6-8 pm), we will hold a multi-age conversation on conscientious objection (CO) … Continue reading

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See you at the museum!

As a pastor serving in a historic peace church denomination, I never thought a) I’d have a church-related meeting in a War Museum conference room, b) that I would sign a check made out to the National World War I … Continue reading

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Speaking of monuments

There has been a lot of talk lately about monuments. Leroy Seat from Rainbow has written a piece called Monumental Decisions, and Sojourners published a great piece here: Where are the Monuments to Peacemakers? This national discussion has led me to pay … Continue reading

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