9/27/15 – “Servant Lesson II” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

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First Congregational United Church of Christ September 27, 2015 Mark 10:35-45 “Servant Lesson Part II” Rev. Diane K. Hooge   As I was wrestling with this sermon, I thought about an educational weekend I experienced years ago put on by the Alban Institute, which has provided the mainline churches with superb church consultants for many …

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

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

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

by uccashland on March 30, 2015 with Comments Off on 3/29/15 – “Welcoming the Wrong Jesus” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge 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 Comments Off on 3/22/15 – “Breaking the Rules” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge 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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3/8/15 – “Conflict of Values” by Rev. Diane. K HoogeSermons

by uccashland on March 8, 2015 with 1 comments

When I was in seminary I was blessed to have a class with the late Robert McAfee Brown, theologian, author, social justice activist. And, years later, I returned to Berkeley for the annual Earl Lectures where his wife, Sydney Thomson Brown was a presenter. She was highly regarded as a labor activist and as a teacher. She told the story of a man by the name of Theo who was an intern in her Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto. He spent three years working in Chinatown in San Francisco. He became educated about tourism, about poverty and about the misery of people who live in desperate situations in that extremely high density neighborhood.

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3/1/15 – “The Underside of the Palace” by Rev. Diane K. HoogeSermons

by uccashland on March 2, 2015 with Comments Off on 3/1/15 – “The Underside of the Palace” by Rev. Diane K. Hooge comments

Because our Lenten season is focused on “Telling our Sacred Stories”, I thought it would be helpful to review today’s text from the book of Esther as the Jewish community is preparing to celebrate Purim this week. They will commemorate the defeat of Haman’s plot to massacre the Jews. On Wednesday night the Scroll of Esther will be read and again on Thursday morning. I’ve always loved that during the reading of the story the Jewish community are encouraged to respond utilizing hisses, boo’s, and shouts of joy. So on this week when we in the United Church of Christ celebrate Women’s week, I invite you to hear two women’s stories from this ancient text.

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