6/21/15 – “Crossing Boundaries” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on June 22, 2015 with 0 comments

First Congregational United Church of Christ June 21, 2015 Mark 4:35-41 “Crossing Boundaries” Rev. Diane K. Hooge   I woke up Thursday morning to the horrific news of the church shootings in South Carolina.  I sat at my desk and memories came flooding back to me…memories of attending so many vigils on the north side …

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5/10/15 – “Breaking the Mold” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on May 14, 2015 with 0 comments

First Congregational United Church of Christ  Acts 16-15 “Breaking the Mold” May 10, 2015 Rev. Diane K. Hooge The Church Calendar calls this day the Sixth Sunday of Easter and the Hallmark Calendar knows this day as Mother’s Day.  I’m well aware that for some families, this is a great day of celebration, while others …

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5/3/15 – “Re-Rooting Ourselves” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on May 3, 2015 with 0 comments

First Congregational United Church of Christ May 3, 2015 “Re-rooting Ourselves” John 15:1-8 Rev. Diane K. Hooge William Sloan Coffin is known for saying that “Mother love like God’s love provides maximum support and minimum protection.” One of the surprising gifts of marrying into the Hooge family was the relationship I developed with Ken’s Aunt …

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4/26/15 – “Up Close and Personal” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on April 26, 2015 with 0 comments

First Congregational United Church of Christ April 26, 2015 John 10:11-18 “Up Close and Personal” Rev. Diane K. Hooge My first move to Oregon took place early in our marriage. Ken’s acceptance to Willamette University Law School initiated a search for low-income housing. Ken’s Aunt and Uncle invited us to live on their “goat farm” …

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4/19/15 – “Earth Day Sunday” by Rev. Javan ReedSermons

by uccashland on April 19, 2015 with 0 comments

Javan Reid, Josephine Wallace, Nathaniel Timoteo 19 April 2015, Earth Day Sunday I John 3:3,4 Javan Reid: Happy Birthday Gaia! Gaia is the Greek word for Earth Goddess or Mother Earth—The understanding that Gaia means oneness or wholeness. To see all of Earth as Gaia is to understand that all organisms are related: Related as …

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4/5/15 – “Yes to Life!” by Rev. Diane. K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on April 6, 2015 with 0 comments

First Congregational United Church of Christ Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 Mark 16:1-8 “Yes to Life!” Rev. Diane K. Hooge It’s been many years since my mother’s death, but I remember very clearly standing in my parent’s bedroom on a June day going through my mother’s clothes. She had died in May, and I had …

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3/29/15 – “Welcoming the Wrong Jesus” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on March 30, 2015 with 0 comments

Last November we offered our support and blessing on the delegation that went to Georgia to participate in the 25th non-violent march outside of Fort Benning. This year, which marked the twenty fifth anniversary of the massacre of six Jesuit priests and two women, brought folks from around the world to once again demand that the School of the Americas located at Fort Benning be closed.

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3/22/15 – “Breaking the Rules” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on March 23, 2015 with 0 comments

In a past life, or at least it feels that long ago, I was in a new program in Gerontology. It was the seventh year of the then new field of study at the University of Oregon. What I appreciated was the innovative design of the program with professors who were deeply engaged and energized by being a part of creating new curriculum.

One of the most power classes was the one on Death and Dying utilizing Elizabeth Kubler Ross’s work…at that time it was considered cutting edge. Before we could be accepted into the class, we had to have references that spoke to our mental health and ability to explore death. We were then divided up into groups…groups that we stayed in within the larger class. We also had the same small group leader, a professor in the department, for the duration of the term.

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