The Void – August 2, 2020

From Rev. Linda: Knowing the Light comes from making the darkness conscious. — Carl Jung My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind . . . know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. —… Read More

Endings – July 26, 2020

This Sunday: Moses looked and the bush was blazing; yet it was not consumed . . .  Then he heard God say: “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”Exodus, Chapter 3           The bush that burns yet is not consumed. Now that… Read More

The 4 D’s of Transition – July 19, 2020

Sunday Service Zoom Room Breakout Gatherings:Are they useful? How can they be more enriching? Even before the pandemic herded us online, UCOG was moving away from the “sage on the stage” Sunday format to a more interactive worship experience. An interactive experience sharpens our listening skills, helps us take the Sunday topic deeper into our lived… Read More

Finding Yourself In Transition Week 4 – July 12, 2020

Note from Linda An unexpected ending may trigger our anxiety about the unpredictability of life. It may create a sense of being out of control and vulnerable to the apparent random events that impact and shape our lives. An unexpected ending does not fit into our vision of life functioning as a “well-oiled machine” that… Read More

What is Freedom? July 5, 2020

The Spirit of the Lord  . . .has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. . .to proclaim liberty to the captive . . . to let the oppressed go free.  Luke 4:18            Liberty. Freedom. When Jesus pondered what to emphasize in his very first sermon—the sermon, which according to the Gospel… Read More

Finding Yourself in Transition, Week 3 – June 28, 2020

Each of us who is going through a transition is a potential hero, for we are leaving our old familiar world to venture into unmapped territory, not knowing what fate befalls us. Like the ancient mythological heroes, we will encounter the “dragons” of fear and self-doubt; we will engage fierce battles within our soul, and… Read More

Finding Yourself in Transition – Wk 2 – June 21, 2020

Blessed is the one whose strength is in You,Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.As they pass through the Valley of Baca*,They make it a spring;The rain also covers it with pools.They go from strength to strength;Each one appears before God.  Psalm 84, excerpt *The word “Baca” means “thirst.”            Making a place of thirst into a place where springs well up! That… Read More

Finding Yourself in Transition – Week 1 June 14, 2020

          “Some changes challenge the way that we perceive ourselves and our universe,” says Robert Brumet in Finding Yourself in Transition. We are living such changes now—changes brought about by a virus that remains undaunted and by the exposed fault lines of systemic injustice yet again laid bare by cell phone video… Read More

Opening to a Spirit-Infused Life – May 31, 2020

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.1 Corinthians 12:4-7 I will pour… Read More