United Church of Strafford, Vermont

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Pastoral Letter, December 6, 2019 Climate Strike

Dear Neighbors, Please come out again this Friday if you were one of the 100 people who stood in front of Barrett Hall on September 20th for Strafford’s first Climate Strike. I hope that all those who have stood or…

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Upcoming Service Notes for December 8, 2019, Second Sunday of Advent

We light the candle of Peace on the Second Sunday of Advent and reflect on the things that make for peace. Two weeks ago Pope Francis took a step beyond where other Popes have stood and called for the abolition…

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The Longest Night: Facing the Darkness Together, Saturday, December 21 5:00-6:00 PM

This season comes with a constant cultural refrain of gathering with family and friends, of celebrating and giving, of spending money and experiencing happiness—and yet many people find it a source of more pain than gladness.  Even in the holiday…

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Upcoming Service Notes for December 1, 2019, First Sunday of Advent

Advent is magical, in the sense of having a mysterious power to transport us.  Its power is complex—part nostalgia, part longing for what is coming, part the beauty of its greens and candles and music, part the wonderful feeling of…

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Pastoral Letter on the Need for a Nonviolent Movement

Dear neighbors, I am making a personal appeal to you. Jesus, John the Baptist and the ancient Hebrew prophets before them were all part of a nonviolent movement to change human civilization to be the realm of God on earth,…

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Upcoming Service Notes for November 24, 2019, Thanksgiving Sunday

We will have an interfaith community service at Our Lady of Light in South Strafford on Thanksgiving morning at 10:00 AM—a wonderful, uplifting, neighborly tradition with Buddhist and Native American and other spiritual paths represented that makes the day so…

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Advent 2019 Suggested Reading: Active Hope

The four Sundays of Advent focus on Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  We light candles to remind ourselves of the light that shines in the darkness that the darkness cannot overcome.  Advent is a season of waiting, watching and preparing…

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