United Church of Strafford, Vermont

Category: Pastoral Letters


Climate Action Needed Now in Vermont

Here is an urgent appeal from Susan Hodges, the moderator of Strafford Climate Action, the group that our congregation helped form in town.  Thank you for doing all you can! First, here are the two attachments Susan refers to in…

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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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Pastor’s Leave of Absence

November 24, 2020 Dear Church Family, I am writing to let you know that I will be taking a leave of absence from the church from Thursday, November 26th until Thursday, January 14th.  I have requested this for personal reasons. …

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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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Pastor’s Report 2020

You can read the Pastor’s Report below or download it here: Pastor’s Report 2020 Pastor’s Report 2019-2020 This report was submitted before the McLane’s house burned down, making the central metaphor even more poignant. “Only that which cannot be lost…

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Announcing New Worship Formats and Spiritual Offerings

September 5, 2020 Dear Church Family, I am excited to share with you some new worship formats and spiritual offerings that have arisen out of conversation with the Deacons and the team working on our online worship.  Here is a…

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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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NEW: On Line Donations

Dear Church Family, We have set up an account for on-line donations with Vanco, a company recommended by the national United Church of Christ that works with thousands of churches like ours.  We feel secure that they are as trustworthy…

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Mark Kutolowski Teaching on Welcoming Practice

Mark and Lisa Kutolowski and Metanoia of Vermont hosted a webinar on the Welcoming Prayer practice on March 27, 2020.  The description of it is below. At the start of the session Mark gave a twelve minute introduction that briefly…

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