11/23/14 – “Lessons from the Wilderness” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on November 23, 2014 with 0 comments

It was a few years ago when I received the call. The woman on the phone said, if you want to have time with Starla, you better come now. It was the second week of Advent, but fortunately the church leadership blessed my leave taking. I flew from Minnesota to Seattle and walked into Starla’s home where her caretaker left the house so we could have some time together…the kind of sacred time that happens when the one who is in the process of dying somehow rallies enough strength to be clear in their thinking and we were able to say all we needed to say.

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11/16/14 – “Abuse of Power” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on November 16, 2014 with 0 comments

I suspect that it won’t surprise any of you to learn that this text from II Samuel isn’t in all lectionaries. However, upon visiting with Randy Ellison, and being touched by his work, I signed a pledge to speak out against violence. The bulk of data on this text tends to focus on David or Uriah. So, I’m inviting you to hear this text from my interpretation of Bathsheba’s point of view.

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9/28/14 – “Faith Under C0onstruct1on” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on September 28, 2014 with 0 comments

For most of my life I’ve taken water for granted except on my grandparent’s ranch, located on the Mojave Desert in Lancaster, CA. As a child I was well aware of the anxiety of the adults in my family regarding the well– “THE well”. The well had a pump outside of it that channeled water to my grandparent’s home.

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9/14/15 – “Advice from the In-Law” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on September 14, 2014 with 0 comments

In order to fully appreciate all the dynamics that are a part of the setting and scene of this scripture from Exodus we need to back up and review an earlier piece of the story. Jethro, the priest of Midian, who is Moses’ father-in-law, has just escorted his daughter Zipporah and his grandsons, back to be reunited with Moses. They met at the wilderness site where Moses was camped at Sinai.

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9/7/14 – “Let the Bush Burn” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on September 9, 2014 with 0 comments

In order to better understand the story of Moses, we need to back up to chapter two of Exodus which gives us some key background information. Moses was raised as the adopted son within the ruling family of Egypt. He was denied the family and cultural connections with his own family of origin. Moses was raised under the influence of the finest Egyptian palace educators, but he failed to find a place of belonging.

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8/17/14 – “Discovering the Other” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on August 17, 2014 with 0 comments

We’re called over and over again to expand our vision to include those who don’t fit into the norms…our norms. The great healing power of the Spirit is its capacity to change us and to expand our ability to open ourselves to the other. It’s the interior work that we do in accepting the various parts of ourselves that often determines how we will embrace another.

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