Good Friday

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Good Friday turns our attention to the holy mystery of a crucified God. We ponder why God would send love to earth in human form only to let him die as a common criminal. The big theological questions loom on Good Friday as we remember the passion of Jesus and …

A Time to Reflect

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

“You are drinking chocolate milk even though you gave up sweets for Lent. You are just forming another bad habit,” my 9 year old granddaughter accused her 11 year old sister. It was clearly a taunt. Isn’t it funny how kids can bicker, even over spiritual practices? I tried to …

On Being

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I don’t remember how I became acquainted with the work of Krista Tippet. For years I listened to her spiritually reflective interviews with various cutting edge thinkers in science, religion and literature. Her voice was a healing balm to me on long walks as I would plug in her podcast …

Forty Days

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.” Forty days. Jesus, our Lord, spent forty days facing trials and temptations, worries and struggles. In a way, it makes no sense …

Jesus Loves Me

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Our congregation hosted the annual senior minister’s conference last week. About 45 Disciples of Christ clergy from across the US met at the Hotel Intercontinental and in our building for three days of presentations by guest speakers and dialogues among the clergy, all of them interesting and inspiring. On the …

Crawling and Walking

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Square dancing and line dancing; hiking and go-carting; horseback riding and fishing; joking and laughing; golfing and crafting are just a few of the vivid memories my family holds of Christian Community Camp in Colorado. But two memories stand out for me. The first one was when Connor was seven …

Bringing God to Church

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

Stone and stained glass form a church, a physical structure where we gather. Grandmothers and toddlers form a church, a living breathing community singing, praying, sharing bread and wine. Our definition of church has been challenged and stretched during the pandemic. What does it mean to be the gathered people …

Joy Comes in the Morning

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

None of us wanted to be in this position again. Covid came to two of my three kids’ households over Christmas. My friend who is a clinic nurse picked up two weekend shifts on the floor beyond her regular 50 hour a week job because the major medical center where …

Advent

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I spent last Christmas Eve with 11 folks crammed in my basement watching our candlelight service via live stream. There was a certain charm to it. But this year I eagerly anticipate three in person services with all of you. Advent means waiting and the kind of waiting where we …

God’s Love Is Stronger

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

“The surprise is not that, unexpectedly, things turn out better than expected. No, the real surprise is that God’s light is more real than all the darkness, that God’s truth is more powerful than all human lies, that God’s love is stronger than death.”  Henri Nouwen As we approach Thanksgiving …