Monthly Archives: June 2015

June 22

Reflection Our public documents as well as the teachings of the major religions proclaim that we are created equal. Believing that God is the ground of our being, we believe that everyone and everything is a product of God’s creative expression. We are all connected in God and each of us is a unique vehicle for God’s presence on this…

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June 20

World Refugee Day Reflection Right now, as war and violent conflict rage around the world, people just like me and you are running — for their lives, their families, their dignity and their freedom. They often have to leave everything behind. And they leave with nothing but their hope, courage and determination. They are refugees.(International Rescue Committee). The goal of…

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June 19

Reflection One cannot live in modern society without being aware of the discrepancies between what is legal and what is just. We can lead a life in which all of our actions are aboveboard, but those same actions may still be morally suspect. We learn from the example of the Pharisees that there is incongruity between living by the letter…

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June 18

Reflection Today, the Pope’s  encyclical on the relationship between human activity and climate change will be released. Pope Francis will  call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century. He will warn that failure to act would have “grave consequences for all of us.” In connection with this,…

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June 17

Reflection When we begin to take pride in our own righteous behavior, it’s very easy to look down on those who don’t behave our way as morally inferior to us. Churches are filled with people who are scrupulous in their observance of a rigid menu of moral standards. They are sincere people who are careful to obey God as they…

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June 16

Reflection How often do we really notice what we are experiencing? When we wake up in the morning and open our eyes, do we notice that we see? Do we stop to realize that we hear the street noises, the sounds around us, the birds singing? Getting dressed, do we notice that we can feel the texture of the fabric…

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June 15

Reflection Yesterday was Flag Day in the United States. In a country that is ideologically more divided than ever, let us remember our flag as a symbol of our founding principles, the struggle to keep the American dream alive, the history behind it and the principles for which it stands. Let us not just fly it thoughtlessly or with a…

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June 14

Reflection   The mustard seed begins small and seemingly insignificant. It penetrates its surroundings, grows and maintains a positive influence disproportionate to its size. The tiny seed becomes a tree which provides for the needs of others. Even the birds come to live in it. Jesus compares this to his understanding of the reign of God. From small beginnings the…

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June 13

Reflection Faith is not just a belief in Jesus; it is a trust in God that moves us to believe in the message of Jesus. It is not just a superstitious belief in a miracle worker, but an attitude and conviction based on a right relationship with God who is working through Jesus. Convinced of the truth of who Jesus…

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