Blossoming Hope: Persistent Gardeners

By Rev. John Gantt  •  June 17, 2021

We couldn’t help ourselves! When we practiced the anthem, we giggled. Valleys and corn stalks laughing, clapping and singing? You can listen to that portion of the anthem, if you wish. It starts at 3:30 in this recording. The lyric grows out of Psalm 65:13. One evening the pastor heard our snickering. Acknowledging the corny wording in the lyrics, he interrupted our singing with a little biblical exposition. He reflected how in a land arid and dusty, dreams of water, lush vegetation, and..

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Blossoming Hope: Persistent Gardeners

By Rev. John Gantt  •  June 17, 2021

We couldn’t help ourselves! When we practiced the anthem, we giggled. Valleys and corn stalks laughing, clapping and singing? You can listen to that portion of the..

Why Pride Month Matters: For All of Us, at All Ages

By Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess  •  June 14, 2021

About 18 months ago, Alexander Leon, a writer with the LGBTQ-group Kaleidoscope Trust in London, tweeted a powerful observation about the lived realities of LGBTQ people..

Blossoming Hope: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  June 10, 2021

Since 2006, The World Health Organization has designated June 15 as a day to promote better understanding of the abuse and neglect of older persons. This may seem odd to..

Living in Hope

By Rev. Catherine Lawrence  •  June 03, 2021

Grounded in Creation The power of creation infuses a profound sense of awe, deep within my soul. Recent summer-like temperatures in the 80’s and bright sunshine have..

Appreciating Staff and Residents

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  May 27, 2021

May is National Older Americans month and May 21 began National Nursing Home Staff Appreciation week. Fourteen months into living with COVID-19, I think these..

Are We Really In This Together?

By Rev. Kenneth Daniel  •  May 20, 2021

Early in the pandemic, we began to hear the phrase, “We are in this together.” This was used widely to encourage people to protect each other, use masks, practice social..

The Climb to What We Ought to Be

By Rev. John Gantt  •  May 14, 2021

“When I was your age, I walked to school uphill both ways barefoot in the snow.”  It is an oft-quoted exaggeration. It is not an exaggeration that the trail to the Lewis..

The View From the Top

By Rev. Ruth Fitzgerald  •  May 06, 2021

In the recent years before the COVID-19 pandemic began, I undertook a series of hiking trips with good friends. There was a good bit of climbing involved on our trips to..

The Power of Light

By Rev. Rebecca S. King  •  April 29, 2021

Outside of the Cleveland Museum of Art, one will find the tree-lined Wade Lagoon. During a recent trip to the museum, my daughter and I had the opportunity to walk..