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red_rose_and_white_rose_heart_background_vector_544116Saint Valentine is a Christian saint of the Third Century AD who is widely celebrated on February 14th and commonly associated with romantic love.  Although not much of St. Valentine’s life is reliably known, it is highly agreed that St. Valentine was martyred and then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome in or around the year 273 AD.   (more…)

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jesusbaptism-7614581We have five Sundays in January for this Year of our Lord 2017, and after Epiphany (always January 6th) we observe the annual commemoration called Baptism of Our Lord Sunday that falls this year on Sunday January 8th.  Although Jesus did not need baptism, because he was and is without sin, he nevertheless received baptism in order to properly fulfill all possible requirements of righteousness and religious faith.  And as I contemplate the baptism of Jesus, I am led by the Spirit to contemplate the sacredness of water and our own baptismal covenant in, with and through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. (more…)

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ethnic-diversityWe live in a time of powerful forces seeking to separate people into demographic boxes.  These forces want to define us as strictly this or that “kind” of person; and these forces want us to start defining ourselves according to these strictly defined categories as well.  More and more, we see categorizing, labeling and dividing people as Male vs. Female, or White vs. Black vs. Brown, or Heterosexual vs. Homosexual, or whatever else you can think of. (more…)

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3_stages_icons-01When we were little children, we viewed our parents through an almost entirely positive lens.  They could do nothing wrong in our eyes.  Then we became adolescents, and we viewed our parents through an almost entirely negative lens.  They could do virtually nothing right in our teenage eyes.  And periodically in adolescence, teenagers will slip in and out of a childlike orientation toward their parents as they grow.  However, if we had loving parents, we matured to later realize as adults that our parents are basically good and decent people despite their various imperfections. (more…)

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world-council-of-churchesAs I write this article, I have just returned from a meeting with our local clergy group called “Clergy of the Green Corners.”  It is a group of Christian clergy from the various branches of the Christian Church in our Greenfield, Greendale and Hales Corners community, and our meeting was to plan for the Churches Caring Together event on October 1st. (more…)

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batmantosThe title of my article plays around with the Robin sayings from the old Batman & Robin series.  I Googled it, and Robin exclaimed everything from “Holy Alphabet, Batman!” to “Holy Love Birds, Batman!” to “Holy Zorro, Batman!”  But let’s talk about why this article is entitled “Holy Admiration”….. (more…)

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life_mediumOur Tanzanian brothers and sisters use a special Swahili word to describe their understanding of community. The word is “ujamaa” and it is most accurately translated as “family-hood.”  It is a unifying term that the Tanzanian government has urged all Tanzanians to embrace in order to transcend their various tribal identities in favor of a unified national identity.  And the concept of ujamaa is often represented by carvings of interlocking people mutually uplifting, encouraging and caring for one another. (more…)

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