Be Kind

Lara Schopp Articles, Children & Families, Staff Messages

By Lisa McLeish, Director of Early Childhood Programs I n spite of my effort to only watch the news for the weather forecast, the other news of the world makes itself known. The excitement and happiness of the Chief’s Super Bowl win seems so long ago as we are inundated …

The Ancient Audacity to Hope

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston, Youth Ministry

By Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth It’s easy to be anxious in our world today. As November 2020 grows closer, our country is nervous about what’s next. Life as normal is coming to a halt across the globe as COVID-19 spreads. On top of these things and the plethora of …

In Awe of the Rugged

Lara Schopp Catherine Stark-Corn, Children & Families, Mission Trips

By Catherine Stark-Corn, Minister to Families and Children One of my most cherished memories is of the church’s family mission trips to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The drive could be a bit long, especially with younger ones who were tired of car games, toys, sitting, being …

Forty Days

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

“I have no problem giving up alcohol for the 40 days of Lent” my friend told me. “But if I try to say no to a glass of wine other times of the year, it seems impossible. I don’t know why that is.” This conversation with my friend got me …

Love

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

The world no longer trusts Christians who ʻlove Jesus but do not seem to love anything else,” writes Richard Rohr, in his latest book, The Universal Christ. Valentine’s Day is a good day to reflect on what we love, who we love, how we love. My earliest memory of Valentine’s …

A Sweet, Sweet Spirit in this Place

Lara Schopp Staff Messages

By Matthew Thompson, Director of Music I have always loved going to church! I know it may seem odd to most but for some reason, church, especially worship and music called out to me from a young age. I was around 12 years old when I began playing the organ …

The Power of the Printed Page

Lara Schopp Mike Graves

By Dr. Mike Graves, Scholar in Residence One of my good friends finished off 2019 by reading his 52nd title of the year. Unless a person’s diet of reading is limited to Dr. Seuss or Daniel Tiger, a book per week is impressive. Of course, my friend is a professor, so reading …

Practicing

Lara Schopp Articles, Joe Walker

By Rev. Joe Walker, Minister of Congregational Care The Pope slapped a woman’s hand. Perhaps you remember the New Year’s Eve incident: As he was leaving a receiving line an overzealous pilgrim grabbed the Pontiff’s hand pulling him off-balance. Pope Francis reacted by slapping her hand and barking at her …

A Tribute to Dean Adams

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I was one of 40,000 students at University of Texas so it was a shock during my first semester at graduate school at Yale to receive an invitation to join a small group of students for dinner at the home of a professor. Dean Harry B. Adams was a Disciples of …