Baby Moses Rides the Waves

bible_moses_reeds (1)We will continue our summer series about childhood Bible stories, “Through Adult Eyes” this Sunday, July 31st. This week we will focus on the story of Baby Moses in Exodus 2:1-10. I found this video while I was looking at childhood cartoons of the story. It made me chuckle and cringe a bit if I’m honest. Thought you might enjoy it, too.

Tim

 

 

This Week @ Condon UCC

Tuesday 7/26
10-12   Tim in office
The heat may move Tim to the shade in front of Darla’s.
If so, join him for an iced tea or other cool drink.

Thursday 7/28
10-2      Tim in office
                 The heat may move Tim to the shade in front of Darla’s.
If so, join him for an iced tea or other cool drink.

11-4      Thrift Store open
12:00    Senior Meal
6:30      Al Anon
8:00      AA

Saturday 7/30
10:00    CPCUCC Racial Justice Network via computer
                Please let Tim know if you plan to join him. No computer necessary.
12-2     Thrift Store open SUBJECT TO CHANGE
7:00      AA

Sunday 7/31
10:30   Worship – We continue our Through Adult Eyes series.
Exodus 2:1-10
The Baby in the Basket (Moses & the Bulrushes)
11:30     Refreshments

CPCUCC Racial Justice Network

The Central Pacific Conference, UCC Racial Justice Task Force meets monthly alternating between a week night and Saturday. The task force supports local congregations. Tim is a part of this group which meets via the internet next on Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. Please consider joining him.

The Racial Justice Network provides resources, accountability and support for engaging all settings of the Central Pacific Conference of the UCC, including local congregations, in racial justice ministry.

For more information talk with Tim or visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/racialjusticenetwork/
Website: http://www.stillspeakingjustice.org

Beyond Baton Rouge, Minnesota, & Dallas.

Friends,

Last week at this time we were all reeling. The two killings of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota followed by the murder of five police officers in Dallas left us scared, distraught, and discouraged. I even had someone describe their feelings to me as being “like 9-11” in its intensity.

As former President George W Bush said at the memorial service, “Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions…At our best, we practice empathy, imagining ourselves in the lives and circumstances of others. This is the bridge across our nation’s deepest divisions.” (US News, July 12, 2016).

Sunday, I placed the events of the week within a biblical and theological context (See I Shout But There Is No Justice, LiturgyBits, July 14, 2016). I challenged those present to listen to and believe our black neighbors when they tell us about their lived experiences of racism. Like former President Bush, as followers of Jesus and as Americans I think we are at our best when we imagine ourselves in the place of others.

This is a first step — listening and believing our neighbors — in solving our problems of embedded and systematic racism in our nation. Our challenge this week, as we return to our regular routines and find some calm is to avoid forgetting the problems of last week. Our job going forward is to avoid blaming all police or all people of color. We must look inward at where we have participated in racism despite our efforts and seek change. We cannot fix the world ourselves but we can create a discourse among friends and family that reflects Jesus’ command to love our neighbors.

Peace,

Tim

In the Face of Killings

July 8, 2016

Friends,

Be the ChurchGet in touch with your divine essence today. That boundless divinity of love within us is our connection to one another. It is our hope, a visible sign. That divinity of boundless love within us is our path to wholeness. Listen to it.

Use it to hold weary souls, we all yearn to crawl back under the covers. Forgive the red-faced angry among you. Like you, they are hurt and frightened by our world. Be kind and forgiving. Our hearts are weary.

When you can, use the divine within to lovingly and gently lure friends away from blame and hate. Blame pushes us apart in this time when we are called to work together to stop the killings of people of color by police and the killings of police.

Be love in word and deed today. Perhaps do an unexpected kindness for someone. Write or call someone you’ve wronged. Reach out but also give yourself time alone with the spirit that connects.

This is not the way things must be. That divine image of love within each of us is a promise and hope. Cling to it, in yourself and others.

Peace,

Tim

Service of Healing & Hope for Our Nation

8699019171_7e0c7ac7b0_bThe Condon United Church of Christ will hold a “Service of Healing & Hope for Our Nation” on Sunday, July 3rd at 10:30 a.m. “We will affirm the strengths of our nation, confess our failings before God, and seek divine guidance and healing,” said Rev. Tim Graves, pastor of the UCC. “It will be about commonalities and community not the politics of pointing fingers,” he added.

The service features prayer, song, and scripture readings focused on being and becoming the people God created us to be. Members of the Condon community and visitors in town for the holiday weekend are invited to this short service. Please text or call Rev. Graves at 541-256-0565 or email condonucc@gmail.com with any questions.