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Unconditional Love

There’s a video that’s been making the rounds, reportedly recorded clandestinely by a young man whose parents were upset and angered when he came out to them. I can’t vouch for the truth of this specific video, but it is accurate for far too many youth—and adults, for that matter, but adults are generally better able to deal with this level of venom. They may have heard it before from strangers and they probably have more in the way of support systems than youth—and most importantly, they are no longer dependent on their parents. The video is here., but trigger warning—it’s very harsh.
In response to that video, a gay parent wrote an open letter to the parents in the video. His letter is here.
As a parent, I really resonated with much of what the latter parent said, but I don’t think he emphasized enough what stands out to me, and it is this: Our children do not belong to us. Not ever. They are not our property, to do with as we wish, to force into our predetermined moulds, and thrown …

Friday Five, August 29, 2014

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The Friday Five for the RevGals is pretty free-form today, which is a good thing, since my mind is pretty free-form today too--I am on muscle relaxants for back pain. 
The topic is "New"--what is new in our lives, what do we wish was new, or what are we ridding ourselves of? 
1. I am working on cleaning out my home--clearing the clutter, the stuff I don't really need--the clothes I will never wear again, the books I will never reread (or maybe even read in the first place), all the tchotchkes I am tired of dusting, the CDs I don't need to keep because they are all in my laptop (and backed up both to a hard drive and the cloud)...etc. I live in a one-bedroom apartment and yet I have five throws, a comforter and a bedspread; several boxes of files/documents/photos; two full closets, ditto dressers; four full bookcases (plus miscellaneous stacks n tables, the desk, etc.)...well, you get the idea. So there's that.
2. With the blessing of the Board and other interested p…

“Asking the Tough Questions” (Hard Questions Series), August 24, 2014, Rev. Martha Daniels

Proverbs 3:13-18
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.
For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honour in her left.
She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying.
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.

Matthew 13:3-9
Jesus told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As the farmer scattered them across the field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plant…

Friday Five!

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1. True or False: You can wear white shoes after Labor Day. (Please explain to me why!)  Well, I was taught, growing up, that unless you were a medical professional, a bride, or a tennis player, white clothing was for summer only. I have no idea why—maybe because you can leave white clothes out in the sun to bleach them? I pretty much ignore that rule these days. 2. If "the dog days" are in August, when are "the cat days"? Oh, that’s easy! The days between Christmas and New Year’s, when you cuddle up with your cat to read/listen/watch your Christmas presents and drink hot chocolate! In front of a fireplace, if possible. 3. Share a memory from your life of going back to school. I always had mixed feelings. I actually liked school, mostly, and I liked all the bustle and organization of getting ready to go back. At the same time, I really liked the laziness of summer—getting up when I felt like it, spending whole days reading or playing Monopoly or hanging out at a friend’…

“All Nations” Windsor Pride Fest Worship Celebration, August 9, 2014, Rev. Martha Daniels

Isaiah 56: 1 - 7 Thus says our God: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.  Happy is the human who does this, the one who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and refrains from doing any evil.  Do not let the foreigner joined to God say, "The Holy One will surely separate me from God’s people"; and do not let the eunuch say, "I am just a dry tree."  For thus says our God: To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant,  I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.  And the foreigners who join themselves to the Holy One, to minister to God, to love the name of God, and to be God’s servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant--these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make t…

“What Does God Require From Us?” Hard Questions Series, July 27, 2014, Rev. Martha Daniels

Micah 6:6-8  With what shall I come before God and bow down before the Holy One? Shall I come with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  Will God be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? God has showed you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Holy One require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
John 8:2-11  Early in the morning Jesus came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them.  The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.  Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down …