God’s Servants

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I have always been uncomfortable with the “week of the ministry” as set apart by our denominational leaders or even now by Hallmark. While it is nice to receive cards of gratitude, my own theology is that all of us are ministers. So what I do is not more special …

Unforgettable

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Last Sunday was the culmination of six years of planning. I cannot begin to adequately thank the Centennial Steering Committee under the leadership of Peter and Lesley Holt, and Honorary Chairs Tom Van Dyke and Kay Barnes. And the entire clergy and staff team worked so hard for so long …

Be It Resolved

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

On September 30, the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, presented a special action resolution honoring our church’s Centennial. I was honored to receive the action, along with Lesley Holt, co-chair of the Centennial, from our member, Councilwoman Andrea Bough who also represents our district. It read in part…WHEREAS, the …

Senior Ministers

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

  Our church has had eight Senior Ministers in its first 100 years. I was lucky enough to know four of them and be one of them. Dr. Bash was small in stature but had a booming voice. Long before it was popular, he invited people of different faith traditions …

Mind and Body

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Most of us were taught from Kindergarten onward to take good care of our bodies: eat healthily, exercise, sleep eight hours. And we were encouraged to cultivate the mind: read books, study hard, explore nature and the arts. But these two wise paths did not necessarily intersect. Keeping mind and …

Back to Basics

Lara Schopp Articles, Mike Graves

On August 15, we are returning to in-person worship at our three normal times: 9:01, 10:00, and 11:00. You probably already knew that since we’ve been announcing it over and over. But what you may not know is that another “return” is in the works starting that same day, a …

Wholeness

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

In her book Making All Things New Ilia Delio points out that we like the concept of wholeness. We buy groceries at “Whole Foods.” Some of us have tried the “Whole 30” diet. We try to do a “whole body workout” and we increasingly rely on holistic medicine. And Augustine, …

Praying

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

How do we pray when life is not going well? Sometimes it feels like we are doing everything right but life just keeps falling apart. In his book Meditations of the Heart, Howard Thurman begins a poetic prayer like this, “At times when the strain is heaviest upon us, and …

Into the Future

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Usually I write to you to share a meditation or reflection. But today I write more of a pastoral letter. We are experiencing multiple transitions in the life of our faith community and I want to share with you a few inside glimpses of what is unfolding. First, thank you. …

Spiritual Freedom

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

 As the fireworks pierce the night sky with staccato bursts, we will again remember the birth of our nation. Those who signed the Declaration of Independence risked their lives for liberty. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776 which said in part: “You will …