After worship this Sunday, we will be having an intergenerational craft project in Bradford Hall. We will be creating a giant tree by applying paint to actual leaves and then pressing them against the paper. The tree will help bring to life a scripture verse that celebrates being “rooted in love.” The entire craft project is expected to take 30 to 40 minutes, so you can join us before heading out for lunch.
Next Sunday, Pastor Brooks will do a dialogue sermon with Julie Davis, the director and lead teacher for Peaceful Path Montessori. Pastor Brooks and Davis will discuss how the values of empathy and peace can be fostered in the lives of children. For many (including Pastor Brooks), Davis is a parenting guru who is full of wonderful advice that is always practical and always grounded in an ethic of love and care. Whether you are a parent or not, she has a wealth of knowledge for putting love into action.
Brothers and sisters! A revival is coming to our church! If you’ve been looking for a spark to ignite your life or if you’ve been looking for an opportunity to share your fire with someone else, this is your chance! A few months ago my own flame of excitement was lit when I received a phone call from the Rev. Linda Jaramillo, the Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries for our denomination. When Linda called, she wanted to know if our church would host the first UCC social justice revival ever. UCC churches from throughout the Pacific Northwest would be invited to attend this revival at our church on Saturday, November 8th. To host this denominational event is a tremendous honor, and while a lot of factors led to our being asked to serve as hosts, one of the factors is our own church’s reputation for social justice advocacy.
An interactive photo project conducted by the church was recently covered by the Columbian newspaper. At last Saturday’s Peace and Justice Fair in Esther Short Park, more than 50 people had their picture taken by the Rev. Brooks Berndt as part of the project. On large pieces of paper, the church provided peace and justice quotes from famous persons. Participants could hold their favorite quote as they had a picture taken of them. Quotes came from Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Archbishop Oscar Romero, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, Frederick Douglass, and Alice Walker. There were also quotes from scripture such as Amos 5:24: “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Likewise, the church provided a quote of Jesus declaring that he had come “to bring good news to the poor.”
Rev. Berndt shared that he is particularly fond of the James Baldwin quote that says, “If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving.” The Rev. Berndt explained that he thought of the idea for the photo project when brainstorming an interactive art activity for the fair. He said, “I like interactive art that expresses our values and provokes our thinking.”