United Church of Strafford, Vermont

Category: Fulfilling Our Vision


Pastoral Letter on the Golden Rule and Fundamentalism, January 16, 2021

Dear Church Family, All religions I know of have some form of the Golden Rule at their core, meaning a love of neighbor as an extension of our own self, and the concept of neighbor includes strangers, enemies and the…

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Reflection from January 14, 2021

[You can watch a video recording of this sermon above, you can read the text below, and you can download or print a pdf of the text by clicking here: 1-14-21 sermon pdf Courage in the Struggle   Rev. Thomas Cary…

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Sermon from November 22, 2020

I Will Save My Flock: They Shall No Longer Be RavagedRev. Thomas Cary Kinder United Church of Strafford, VermontNovember 22 2020   Twenty-fifth and Last Sunday after Pentecost,Reign of Christ SundayPsalm 95:1-7a; Ezekiel 34:11-12, 14-16, 20-22; Matthew 25:31-46 [You can watch…

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Gus Speth Reflection, November 12, 2020

We invited Gus Speth to offer some post-election thoughts about where we go from here on our way to creating a loving, sustainable, healthy, just world—what we call the realm of God on earth.  It will help you appreciate the…

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Tools for Calm and Wisdom: Welcoming and Centering Prayer Practices

Which would feel better to you: to be anxious, tense, fretting, enslaved to obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior, despairing…or as calm as you can be under the circumstances, resting in quiet trust, finding a place of inner peace even in…

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Honoring Dot and Bill Burden For Their Service and Love

Mission Committee News: Honoring Dot and Bill Burden For Their Service and Love The Mission Committee is proud to announce that we are honoring dear Dot and Bill Burden for their great big, kind hearts and for their countless years…

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Strafford Climate Action Events

Here are items we are passing along from Strafford Climate Action, a group that many in our congregation are involved with and that our church helped found.

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Anti-Racism Pastoral Letter July 18, 2020

Dear Church Family, I am writing to make sure you are aware of three things relating to the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice in the Spirit of Christ. First, Rep. John Lewis has died, someone who risked his…

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Pastoral Letter on Antiracism in Strafford July 4, 2020

Dear neighbors, Our on line service this week focuses on antiracism, curating many deeply moving videos of word and music, almost entirely from people of color.  Unlike our usual hour-long services, this one includes many hours of material, including the three…

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Anti-racism Events in Strafford

Below is an updated list of current or upcoming anti-racism events in Strafford: Current Events To read about a September-October 2020 film series and set of panels on racism and elections click here. Past Events To read a July 18,…

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