The Rev. Dale Grandfield: Good Enough

One childhood psychologist, D. W. Winnicott, developed the idea of the “good enough parent” as a way to describe (if I understand it correctly) parenting that is nurturing enough to foster a healthy and life-giving upbringing, and imperfectly human enough to help the child discover that the parent is not...

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The Rev. Jessie Dodson: In the Bleak Midwinter

“In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow.” This has long been one of my favorite Christmas hymns in our tradition. The text, written by Christina Rossetti, was first published as poem...

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In Light of the Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Preface to the Sermon on Sunday, August 13, 2017: It is with an extremely heavy heart that I stand here to preach today after witnessing the events that occurred in Charlottesville, VA this weekend.  I know that you, too, are struggling with these events, too. As disciples of Jesus Christ,...

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The Church Has Been ‘Called for a Time Such as This’

Few of us would disagree with the assessment that this year’s presidential campaign is one of the most acrimonious we have ever experienced.  We are all accustomed to candidates promising sure-fire solutions to complicated problems based on assumptions on which reasonable people can disagree.   We have even become resigned to...

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