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Let Us Still Dream

by Ruth Rosell
The events of recent days have been disheartening. The destructive disrespect, threats of execution, and overt violence by those attempting to overthrow democratic processes at the U.S. Capitol remain stunning.  Continued online calls for more violence in the days ahead are worrisome.  And it was heart-sinking to see Christian banners and symbols, along with those...
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Epiphany 2021

by Ruth Rosell
  As I write this, it is the first day after Epiphany 2021, the first day after the U.S. Capitol building was stormed by those seeking to disrupt and overturn the formal counting of presidential electoral votes. I find some comfort in today's scripture reading for our daily Morning Prayers.          ...
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Political Anxiety and Speaking Out for Peace

  Election day is finally here.  It has been years and months and weeks and days of increasing political anxiety, and now election day is here.  A recent Harris Poll conducted for the American Psychological Association (APA) found that 68% of Americans are experiencing considerable stress related to election anxiety.  While that's high, I wonder...
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Choose Life

by Ruth Rosell  "I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live." Deuteronomy 30: 19 These words are found in a narrative that records the final instructions Moses gave the Israelites before they crossed the Jordan River to enter a new land.  He...
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The ‘Angry’ Emoji and Proverbs 15

  Proverbs 15: 1, 18 (NRSV) A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife, but those who are slow to anger calm contention.   When emojis first became a thing, I wasn’t impressed and didn’t use them. Now, I use emojis probably 25...
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Medical Bankruptcy, Personal Luck, and a National Sin

By Tarris Rosell I was raised on a farm up in Minnesota by Fundamentalist Depression-era parents. Among the many rules taught by words and deeds was that you don’t buy what you can’t afford. And never accrue debt. Save enough to buy a car when it’s needed, and then only buy the car that costs...
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Pandemic Pause

It has been a couple months now since I packed up my office, taking with me the books and files needed to teach online from home.  For some in the healthcare field and supportive industries, the pandemic brought a frenzy of activity in efforts to save human lives.  For the 1.5 million Americans who have...
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50th Anniversary of Earth Day: A Reflection

by Rakmi Shaiza “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 4:24.   I only came to hear about Earth Day after I moved to the USA. Back in 2002, I came across a small book in the library about it published by the United Nations. After reading the...
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Holy Saturday - Liminal Space

  Holy Saturday, situated between the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, is what might be called liminal space.  It is an in-between time that bridges what was, to what will be.  It is a transitional time between what is known and has to be let go of, and the unknown future. The friends...
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A Lament

  "My God, my God, why.........?" Why has our world been turned upside down, as wave after wave of crisis and grief crash over us? Why the betrayal, the dissonance, the difficulty grasping what has happened? Why the escalating deaths, untruths, and incompetence of leadership? How long, O God, how long? How long will the...
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2021 Commencement

May 15, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Virtual
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