11/2/14 – “Witnesses” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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As a child I clearly recall the contents of the bottom drawer of my mother’s dresser. It held the cloth covered box with ribbons wrapped around it. Inside the box were the letters she received from my Dad during the war, bundled together with more ribbons. I always knew how important and sacred those letters were to her.

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10/26/14 – “Chaos on the Water” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on October 26, 2014 with Comments Off on 10/26/14 – “Chaos on the Water” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

Rev. Diane K. Hooge Mark 4:35-41 Early in our marriage Ken and I moved to Nova Scotia. We made the journey in our VW van with a port-a-crib that replaced the middle seat, where our 11 month old son traveled for the 13 day camping trip that took us to from Oregon to Nova Scotia. …

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10/12/14 – “When God Is Silent” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on October 12, 2014 with Comments Off on 10/12/14 – “When God Is Silent” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

The invitation to Moses by God to go on sabbatical to Mt. Sinai had to have been a welcome reprieve. It was an opportunity for him to refuel is own soul. With the laws that had been established the people were not to go near the sacred mountain, or to even touch the mountain; therefore, he was assured of a place of rest and renewal.

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

by uccashland on September 28, 2014 with Comments Off on 9/28/14 – “Faith Under C0onstruct1on” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge 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 Comments Off on 9/14/15 – “Advice from the In-Law” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge 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 Comments Off on 9/7/14 – “Let the Bush Burn” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge 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 Comments Off on 8/17/14 – “Discovering the Other” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge 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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8/10/14 – “Adjusted Expectations” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on August 10, 2014 with Comments Off on 8/10/14 – “Adjusted Expectations” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

As I was walking around the plaza this past Wednesday evening viewing all the painful history from the August 6, 1945 bombing of Hiroshima. I was reminded of the horror of that history as I read of the 80,000 who were killed, and the tens of thousands who would die later of radiation.

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7/20/14 – “Sarah and Hagar: Wife, Maid, Mistress” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on July 20, 2014 with Comments Off on 7/20/14 – “Sarah and Hagar: Wife, Maid, Mistress” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

Some years ago, I found my way to the Hilton Hotel in Oakland, California for a clergy women event. The speaker was Dr. Reneta Weems, an Old Testament Professor from Vanderbilt University. She was the first African American woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Princeton.

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