NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR ASCENSION SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017

Thursday, May 25 is the actual day of observance for the Day of Ascension; we will commemorate the Ascension this Sunday. The reading from Acts 1, asked this question of the people present for this event: “Why do you stand gazing up into heaven?” It’s a question worth exploring. This...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017

This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Easter. Because Easter moves around year to year, many of the assigned Gospel readings during the Easter Season are Resurrection stories. Such is the case with The Road to Emmaus Story assigned for this Sunday. Even if you are not a country music...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016

In the “Alabama News” this week, there was an article about Beloved Community Church, one of our sister UCC congregations, here in Birmingham, who hired Rev. Jennifer Sanders, a lesbian, as their new Pastor. She organized a day of silent prayer and meditation at their church for the following Saturday....

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016

Years before the film series starring Tom Cruise of the same name, there was a very popular TV series airing for seven seasons called “Mission Impossible.” Each episode started with the receiving of a cassette tape (that should tell you how long ago that was). The tape would outline a...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016

The 2016 Olympics comes to an end this weekend. Many of us have reveled in the special moments of individual and team victories for Team America; and our hearts have gone out to those who came up short in their quests. Some of us have been angry by the ugliness...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FINNEY II FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2016

August has arrived and the heat is on! Actually the heat has been on this whole summer and before. However, the temperature is not the only heat for which many folks have to deal with. There is still too many things that folks in our LGBTQ community are having to...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY DECEMBER 27, 2015

For many folks, by this Sunday Christmas is over! For them the decorations have started to come down and they are solely focused on the New Year of 2016. However, Christmas lasts for 12 days and is not over until January 6. Occasionally, like this year, there are two Sundays...

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